It was another match between the incredible sisters — Serena Williams vs Venus Williams — resurrecting one of tennis’ great rivalries. But at the end, World no.2 American player Serena prevailed, clinching her record of 23rd Grand Slam by winning the women’s single’s title at the Australian Open on Saturday.
The match, which lasted one hour and 21 minutes, saw Serena defeat Venus in 6-4, 6-4 in the final at Melbourne Park. Being a dominant server, she got her edges right to win the game.
“Your win has always been my win” - Venus to Serena in the post-match winning presentation
“Serena Williams – that’s my little sister! Congrats on 23, you mean the world to me!”
From the very beginning of the much-awaited game, Serena was doing everything possible to keep Venus off her game. This is Serena’s 7th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and she won it without dropping a set.
“There’s no way I would be at (No.23) without her. Without her, the ‘Williams Sisters’ wouldn’t exist” — Serena on Venus
Serena (35) with 22 major titles and Venus (36) with 7 is the one pair of players on the WTA tour who has as many Grand Slam trophies as no one else.
It was the 29th major final for Serena since making her Grand Slam debut in Australia in 1998. It was after long 8 years that the two sisters fought each other since Venus last time beat her sister in a Grand Slam in the 2008 Wimbledon final.
But it was cleared that Venus, despite being one of the strongest players in this tournament, was weaker than her younger sister. Venus was hoping for her first Grand Slam crown in nine long years since Wimbledon in 2008. Seeded 13, she had been suffering years of illness and injury problems, but still gave a laudable performance.
Between 2001 and 2009, the Williams sisters met eight times in Grand Slam finals. Together they swept through the women’s game, and are still going strong.
With this title, Serena has smashed Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Open Era titles. She is now just 1 short of Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24. Also, Serena joins Martina Navratilova as the only other woman to win six Grand Slams without dropping a set.
Applause for both the sisters for their sportsmanship on the court today.
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