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A memorable match that took its toll

Last year, Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams played the longest final in the history of Wimbledon. While Williams won the final, Pam Shriver explains the epic match took its toll on both players.

Updated: June 20, 2006, 5:36 PM ET
By Pam Shriver | Special to ESPN.com

Last year's Wimbledon final between Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams was the women's match of 2005. A Grand Slam final between two former Wimbledon champions, both of whom had been No. 1 in the world. Adding to the build up was the fact that Davenport had not won a Grand Slam title since 2000 and Williams' last Grand Slam win came at the 2002 U.S. Open. You had a sense this might be the last chance for both players -- especially Davenport -- to win one more Grand Slam title before their careers ...

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