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SerenaAEs a smasher.

Serena Williams claimed it was her super serve that landed her a 13th Grand Slam title and her fourth in SW19.

The American ace easily beat Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2 at the All England Club to take the famous dish once again.

Williams displayed all her trademark power and poise to overwhelm the Russian on Centre Court and pocket the $1.5 million prize money. And afterwards she said she felt her top triumph was down to her booming serve.

"I just feel like at Wimbledon, whenever I come on this grass and play on this amazing court I start serving well I want to keep it up," she said. "I've honestly never served like this.

Everyone's dreams can come true if you keep believing."

The 28-year-old's triumph means the Venus Rosewater Dish awarded to the women's champion was held aloft by a Williams for the ninth time in 11 years, sister Venus accounting for the others.

The victory also means Williams has overtaken compatriot Billie Jean King in Grand Slam singles titles won. "This one was very special. Hey Billie, I got you, it's number 13 for me. It's amazing to be among such great people," Williams said, before sparing a thought for her defeated opponent.

"Vera has been though so much and everyone should give her a big cheer - she really defines what a champion and never giving up means."

Although Zvonareva was unable to make any impact in her first Grand Slam final, the Russian can at least take consolation from seeing her ranking rise into the top ten in the world.

Zvonareva said: "I'm a little bit disappointed at the moment, maybe I was not able to show my best but I think Serena just didn't allow me to do that.

"Congratulations to her. She was just playing really well and deserved to win. She is a great champion."

Zvonareva had knocked out three seeds on her way to the final, with fourth seed Jelana Jankovic and US Open champion Kim Clijsters among her scalps.

Taking on Serena in a final was another matter entirely though.

The top seed hadn't dropped a set en route to the final, but even that impressive statistic paled in comparison to her record haul of 80 aces.

Serena quickly increased that total on the second point of the match as she took the opening game to love - quite a statement of intent.

Zvonareva valiantly made a brave effort to respond and kept Williams at bay for the first seven games, but from then on she found it impossible to stem the tide any longer. And with the ruthless efficiency that has become her hallmark in a glittering career spanning nearly 15 years, Serena swept the 25-year-old aside.

The world No.1 broke in the eighth game and went on to easily win the opening set and no sooner that that happened than Zvonareva's morale was shattered. And it was easy for the American in the second set as Serena ruthlessly went for the kill, breaking again for a 4-1 lead before serving out yet another Wimbledon triumph in one hour and seven minutes.

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