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WIMBLEDON, England — Make it two Wimbledon titles for the Williams family.

Two days after winning the women's singles championship, Venus Williams teamed with sister Serena to capture the women's doubles crown, beating Ai Sugiyama and Julie Halard-Decugis 6-3, 6-2.

It's the first time in history that sisters have won the Wimbledon doubles title.

The 70-minute victory Monday gave the Williams siblings their third Grand Slam doubles title. They also won the 1999 U.S. Open and French Open.

The sisters have also won two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles apiece. Counting Serena's singles victory at the 1999 U.S. Open, the pair now has a total of nine Grand Slam championships.

The doubles final was postponed to Monday because of rain that extended the men's final — won by Pete Sampras over Patrick Rafter — to dusk Sunday.

It's the first time Wimbledon was extended to the third Monday since 1996. That year, the women's doubles final was played on the extra day, with Martina Hingis becoming the youngest Wimbledon champion of all time, at 15 years and 282 days.

The eighth-seeded Williams sisters overwhelmed their fourth-seeded opponents with unreturnable serves and powerful volleys. They slapped hands after each point, win or lose, and whispered tactics to each other between points. The match ended with Serena drilling an ace. After the sisters hugged each other, they accepted the winner's trophy and held it aloft as they paraded around Centre Court.