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Serena Williams wins historic 23rd Grand Slam title

Serena Williams wins historic 23rd Grand Slam title

Photo credit: Ben Solomon/Tennis Australia

Serena Williams has won a record-setting 23rd Grand Slam, the most in the Open Era, breaking the tie with Steffi Graf and winning her 7th Australian Open title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over sister Venus Williams.  In the process, the 35-year old has re-gained the World No.1 ranking.

For those on the outside looking in, this had to be the most difficult match of the tournament for Serena, facing her sister Venus, all the emotions, all that was at stake, and she looked nervous. One would wonder if the monumentous moment made her tight. But the greatest tennis player of all time locked in and took the match in straight sets. A hard fought, emotional match between the siblings with Serena coming out on top for the straight set victory.  “There’s no way I would be at 23 without her”  Serena said of her older sister in her acceptance speech. “She’s my inspiration, she’s the only reason I’m standing here today, and the only reason the Williams sisters exist.”

Venus, in her first Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2009, has now lost eight of her past nine meetings with Serena, and will rise to No.11 in the rankings after her best Australian Open showing since 2003, when she was also runner-up to Serena. “Congratulations Serena on No.23,” Venus said. “Some of them I’ve been right there with you, some of them I’ve been right there against you. Your win has always been my win. All the times I couldn’t be there, wouldn’t be there, didn’t get there, you were there. I’m enormously proud of you. You’re the world to me.”

Serena is now the first woman in the Open Era with 7 titles in 2 separate Grand Slams (Australian Open & Wimbledon).

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