Serena Williams defeated Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final 7-5, 6-3 and won her 22nd Grand Slam singles title, tying Steffi Graf for that record. Kerber played a very good match and was able to move Serena around the court for most of the day. But today Williams avoided the unforced errors that had kept her from winning the last two Grand Slam finals at the Australian and the French. And when Serena confronted a break point in the second set, she promptly served her way out of it. A historic win and now Williams will be poised to break Graf's record at the US Open where once again she will be the favorite.
Way back in the 1920s, the French had four great players, Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet, and Rene Lacoste, who were known as the Four Musketeers. In 2008, along came the New Musketeers, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet, and Gael Monfils, who were all ranked in the top 20. And today, we have four Frenchmen fighting in the final of the Wimbledon doubles competition. The top-seeded pair of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut are taking on the unseeded Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin and it looks like Mahut/Herbert are on their way to victory with a 2-0 set lead as I write this. In any other era, the French would be considered the dominant force in men's tennis. But Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray have been so dominant they've eclipsed all else.
The Declaration’s beautiful preamble distracts us from the heart of the document, the 27 accusations against King George III over which its authors wrangled and debated, trying to get the wording just right. The very last one — the ultimate deal-breaker — was the most important for them, and it is for us: “He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.” In the context of the 18th century, “domestic insurrections” refers to rebellious slaves. “Merciless Indian savages” doesn’t need much explanation.