Serena jokes about ‘selling serve’

2012-07-09 10:51

A day after winning her fifth Wimbledon singles title while raising her ace total to 102 for the tournament, Serena Williams joked at the All England Club champions’ dinner that she’s bottling that powerful stroke and putting it up for sale.

“I have a package at the door. If you guys want to buy my serve, you can get it,” Williams told the attendees at the formal dinner at a London hotel yesterday.

“It’s only a million dollars per bottle. They’re available.”

Williams, who also won the women’s doubles title with older sister Venus, and men’s singles champion Roger Federer made brief remarks to guests while interviewed by Virginia Wade, the 1977 women’s winner at the All England Club.

Wade called Williams’ serve “absolutely phenomenal” and “perfect.” Pointing out that the 30-year-old American is “a business person at heart,” Wade asked Williams whether she had considered making money by “selling” her serve.

“It’s so funny you should mention that,” said Williams, who wore a gold-coloured gown to the dinner.

Williams hit 17 aces in her three-set victory over Agnieszka Radwanska in the women’s final Saturday.

Williams broke her own Wimbledon records with 24 aces in one match and 102 for the two weeks.

All England Club Chairman Philip Brook noted at the dinner that Williams finished with far more aces than Federer, who hit 71.

“I don’t practice it that much,” Williams said, drawing loud laughter from the dinner guests.

“I promise you I don’t. I don’t know, this week it was just amazing. I hope it keeps coming.”

It had been three years since Federer won the grass-court Grand Slam tournament, and 2½ years since he won any major title.

Those gaps are nothing compared to what Britain has endured, of course: The player Federer beat in four sets yesterday, Andy Murray, was trying to become the first man from the host country to win Wimbledon since 1936.

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