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Serena Williams makes history, claims 23rd Grand Slam title

By News Express on 28/01/2017

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Serena Williams celebrating her 7th Australian Open triumph on Saturday in Melbourne.
Serena Williams celebrating her 7th Australian Open triumph on Saturday in Melbourne.

  Serena Williams beat older sister Venus in Melbourne today in two straight sets 6-4 6-4 to pick her record 23rd Grand Slam title and her 7th in Australia.

Williams, 35, and her sister who is 36 already made records as the oldest finalists in the Australian Open.

Serena won the tournament in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015. She denied her sister bidding for her first title in Melbourne to add to her Grand Slam haul of seven.

Both sisters will go home with a total of $5.6million Australian dollars, with Serena winning $3.7million.

Williams, 35, had equaled Stefanie Graf’s record with her 2016 Wimbledon triumph. The German’s original 22-slam mark had stood since the 1999 French Open.

Serena now has seven Australian Open titles, making it her joint-most successful Grand Slam alongside Wimbledon. She has also won six US Open titles and four at Roland Garros.

The sisters were facing off in the 28th match of their storied rivalry, and their ninth Grand Slam final, but the first since 2009.

Venus and Serena mowed throughout the draw playing vintage tennis to book their first meeting in Melbourne in 14 years, when Serena took a three-set thriller to capture the first of two Non-Calendar Year “Serena” Slams.

“I don’t think I felt at all awkward,” Venus said in her post-match press conference. “I felt ready. I mean, I haven’t played in a final for a number of years, but I don’t think it’s something you forget. I mean, I played a good amount of ’em, so…
“Experience was right there for me.”

Saturday’s match was similarly tense, with both sisters aware of what was on the line; a win for Serena would not only break the Open Era record but also restore her atop the WTA rankings after dropping to No.2 last summer at the US Open.

Venus and Serena exchanged breaks to start the match, with the No.2 seed settling in sooner to take the opening set behind seven aces and 16 winners.

The crowd did its best to lift Venus in the second set in the hopes of seeing a decider, and the Americans continued performing at a high level throughout the 81 minute match.

“I feel like I had opportunities, for sure,” Venus said. “Just missed some shots. But it’s not like I missed shots that I wasn’t going for. I went for those shots. It’s a matter of inches.

“Some errors here or there can mean the difference between a break of serve or a hold.”

But Serena, who came into the match with a 20-0 record after winning the first set in Grand Slam finals, proved too strong in the end, breaking serve just once in the seventh game to serve out the record-breaking victory, hitting a total of 27 winners to just 23 unforced.

Serena improved her overall head-to-head against Venus to 17-11, and an impressive 7-2 in Grand Slam finals – the only two losses to big sister coming at the 2001 US Open and 2008 Wimbledon Championships, which was, incidentally, the last time the Williams sisters and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal all met in the same major final.

The win was Serena’s 316th at Grand Slam tournaments, improving on her already-record total, and returns her to No.1 in the world, usurping Angelique Kerber.

As for Venus, the result is still her best at a major tournament in seven years, and brings her back to within 200 points of returning to the top 10.

In the meantime, she was more than happy to give kudos to her younger sister after her historic achievement.

“[23], it’s a great number,” Venus said. “I know she would like to have a little more.
Who wouldn’t? It was a great moment. I’m very happy that she’s been able to, you know, get to No.23 because there’s 22 ahead of that that she also earned, and she earned it.

“It was great to have an opportunity to play for the title. That’s exactly where I want to be standing during these Grand Slams, is on finals day, having an opportunity. That’s the highlight of all this, is to be in that moment.”

“There’s no way I would be here at 23 without her,” Serena Williams said of her sister.
“There’s no way I would be at one without her. She’s the only reason that I’m standing here today. She’s the only reason that the Williams sisters exist.” (NAN)
  

Source News Express

Posted 28/01/2017 1:26:20 PM

 

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