All-American singles finals at Wimbledon
2008: Venus Williams def. Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4.
While many of the previous matches between Serena Williams and older sister Venus fell flat, they delivered a hard-fought battle in the Wimbledon finals in 2008. Serena jumped out to an early lead before Venus reasserted her dominance on the grass courts and came back to seize the title. Later, the two teamed up to win the women's doubles title.
2005: Venus Williams def. Lindsay Davenport 4-6, 7-6 (7), 9-7
Clocking in at two hours and 45 minutes, the 2005 final was the longest women's final in tournament history. Venus Williams and top-seeded Lindsay Davenport battled in one for the ages before No. 14 Williams came from behind and took the Rosewater Dish. Williams became the lowest-seeded player ever to win the title.
2003: Serena Williams def. Venus Williams 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Serena's victory at Wimbledon in 2003 marked her fourth title of the year, her sixth Grand Slam title overall and her second consecutive championship victory at Wimbledon. In the final, she outlasted a courageous performance by Venus, who suffered a pulled abdominal muscle in the semifinal against Kim Clijsters but gutted her way through the pain to deliver an entertaining match.
2002: Serena Williams def. Venus Williams 7-6 (4), 6-3
Serena Williams squashed the possibility of her sister's Wimbledon three-peat in 2002 after what many believed was the best head-to-head matchup between the sisters up to that point. Billed as Sister Slam III (the two had played against each other in the previous U.S. Open and French Open - both won once), it was the first sibling final at Wimbledon since the inaugural women's final in 1884 when Maud Watson defeated Lillian Watson.
2000: Venus Williams def. Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-6 (3)
In defeating Lindsay Davenport in 2000, Venus Williams made tournament history. She became the first African American woman to win the Venus Rosewater Dish since Althea Gibson in 1958.
1999: Pete Sampras def. Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.
"He walked on water," was how Andre Agassi described Pete Sampras' performance in the men's final in 1999. The win helped Sampras tie Roy Emerson's record for most Grand Slam championships. He also became the first to win Wimbledon six times in the Open era. In a dazzling display, Sampras concluded the match by blasting two of his trademark serves past Agassi, who was then regarded as the best returner in the game.
1993: Pete Sampras def. Jim Courier 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-3
The then-21-year-old Sampras captured his second Grand Slam title by beating Jim Courier with his trademark serve. After stealing the No. 1 ranking from Courier back in April, Sampras used the 1993 Wimbledon tournament as his coming out party, validating all the hype attached to his game.
1990: Martina Navratilova def. Zina Garrison 6-4, 6-1.
Already regarded as one of the biggest female tennis stars ever, Martina Navratilova put herself on an even higher tier by defeating Zina Garrison in 1990 and winning her record ninth singles title at Wimbledon.
1984: John McEnroe def. Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 6-2
The flamboyant New Yorker needed just 80 minutes to take care of fellow American Jimmy Conners in the 1984 Wimbledon championships. McEnroe said it was one of the greatest games he's ever played - a performance that lifted him to his third Wimbledon title and second consecutive. It was the first time an American had won back-to-back Wimbledons since Don Budge accomplished the feat in 1937 and 1938.
1984: Martina Navratilova def. Chris Evert 7-6, 6-2.
In yet another installment of one of tennis' greatest rivalries, Martina Navratilova defeated Chris Evert in straight sets en route to winning six consecutive Grand Slam titles between 1983 and 1984. It was also her third consecutive Wimbledon title and 12th straight victory over Evert.
1983: Martina Navratilova def. Andrea Jaeger 6-0, 6-3.
For many, Martina Navratilova's 1983 Wimbledon title was highlighted by the utter dominance of her opponent Andrea Jaeger. Establishing herself as one of the best female tennis players of all time, Navratilova trounced Jaeger in less than one hour to win her fourth Wimbledon title in six years.
1982: Jimmy Connors def. John McEnroe 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4
On Independence Day in 1982, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe played what was then the longest men's singles final in Wimbledon history. Earning his first title since the 1978 U.S. Open, Connors won one of the fiercest matches in recent Wimbledon memory.
1982: Martina Navratilova def. Chris Evert 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
She had become an American citizen only one year prior and celebrated her Independence Day weekend with a spirited victory over long-time rival Chris Evert. After being trounced in the second set, Navratilova shook it off and cruised to a 6-2 third-set victory, winning her third Wimbledon championship.
1975: Arthur Ashe def. Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
After becoming the first-ever African-American to win the Wimbledon championship in 1975, Ashe also refuted claims by critics who wrote him off as a 'choke artist' in major tournaments. His lively forehand volleys trumped the top-ranked Connor's game.