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Serena Williams beat sister Venus in straight sets to win her seventh Australian Open and an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title.

Serena Williams won her first Australian Open title 14 years ago

Serena, 35, won 6-4 6-4 to pass Steffi Graf in the all-time list of major winners since the Grand Slams accepted professional players in 1968.

The American regains the number one ranking from German Angelique Kerber.

Australia’s Margaret Court, with 24, is the only player still ahead of Serena in terms of Grand Slam singles titles.

“Congratulations Serena on number 23,” said Venus, who at 36 is the oldest Australian Open finalist in the Open era.

“I have been right there with you, some of them I lost right there against you. It’s been an awesome win.

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“I’m enormously proud of you, you mean the world to me. I, God willing, would love to come back. Thank you for all the love.”

Serena paid tribute to her sister, who was playing her first major final for eight years, saying: “There’s no way I would be at 23 without her. There’s no way I’d be at one without her. She’s my inspiration.

“She’s the only reason I’m standing here today. She’s the only reason the Williams sisters exist. Thank you for inspiring me. Every time you won this week, I felt like I got a win too.”

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29 COMMENTS

  1. This Serena sef!!..Person no fit play with her on top cup wey she don win many times!!!..She hammer her sister like say im no know her!!..Congratulations to her!

  2. She would obviously win. She’s just too good to lose. One more to equal the record. #SERENAWILLIAMS..

  3. Hard work + Dream + Dedication + Success She simply works hard everyday like she think she did d previous day.

  4. Serena williams is always and will always be No. 1 . She cherish her title so much that she can’t even give her sister the chance to beat her, eventhough it’s just once. Lol, I’m sure she told her that “Venus, whenever we are at home, I can love and cheerish u but when it comes to my kind of sport where I specialize in, forget that we are sisters, Ok. This one is business”. Lol

  5. She is always at the top of her game. This is to show that she does not give chance to anybody to win her. Not even her blood sister. She is really devoted to this sport. That’s why she is always on the top

  6. Winners inspire and have a Never-die attitude despite challenges and a lot of prejudice. These 2 women show just how no matter the circumstances, success is always possible if we work hard to achieve our goals.

  7. congrats to both of u . it shows dt u r really hard workers to b where ever u a ryt now . despite win or loose

  8. If it was in Africa,am sure their parents would have been like,in #IgboAccent# “Serela my dear,u see Venusu isi ur sister,pleasi allow her to beati you becausu of our tradition and our ancestors shall reward you”,but if Serena says “mama but this is a competition now”then their mum wud be like “Nne if u beati ur aunty,don’tu bother to come backu to this house ooo”.

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