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Serena Williams wins Australian Open, record 23rd Grand Slam title

In the all-Williams women’s single final of the Australian Open, ultimately it was Serena in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, over Venus. With the win, Serena has moved past Steffi Graf’s Open era record for her 23rd Grand Slam title, and will retake the No. 1 WTA ranking from Angelique Kerber with the win.

This is also the seventh time that Serena Williams has won the Australian Open in her career. The first time she won the Major, it was also at the expense of her sister in 2003.

Venus forced Serena into some big points at the very end, in which Venus got the better of her in a 24-shot rally, then Serena returned the favor on an 11-shot rally. As the two prepared for the Championship Point, Serena yelled at herself, “You fight! You fight!”

Serena closed out the match with a backhand, forcing an error from Venus. Even before the ball finally dropped, Serena fell to the ground in celebration, then shared a long hug with her sister.

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After the match concluded, the sisters had plenty of praise for each other. Serena said during her trophy presentation, “There’s no way I’d be at 23 without [Venus]; there’s no way I’d be at one without her. There’s no way I would have anything without her. She’s my inspiration.”

Watch Venus Williams’s comments after the match:

Watch Serena Williams’s comments after the match:

With the win, Serena Williams has now won Majors in each of the last six presidential terms.

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