Serena creates history with 23rd Grand Slam title
Serena creates history with 23rd Grand Slam title:
Serena Williams had rewrote history to surpass Steffi Graf and captured a record 23rd Grand Slam title as well as the world number one ranking by beating her sister Venus in the Australian Open final.
The dominant American had swept past her greatest rival 6-4, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena for her seventh Melbourne Park crown to finally clinch the record for Open-era major titles, nearly 18 years after winning her first at the 1999 US Open.
The 35-year-old, who equaled Graf’s mark of 22 at Wimbledon last year, now stands just one behind the all-time 24 won by Margaret Court, who was in the president’s box to witness her feat.
Her amazing achievement also means she again becomes the world’s number one player, ending the brief stay of Angelique Kerber who have displaced Williams after three-and-a-half years on top in September last year.
Fittingly, her sister and closest confidante, Venus, was on the other side of the net to share the moment, another chapter written in their amazing family history.
19 years agoit was Venus when still a teenager with beads in her hair who knocked Serena out in round two on her Grand Slam debut in Melbourne. After that they have since played nine major finals together, living each other’s highs and lows.
At 36 and seeded 13, Venus had turned back the clock to make her first Grand Slam title match since Wimbledon in 2009, yet adding to her seven major successes was not to be.
“Serena Williams… That is my little sister guys. Congratulations Serena on number 23,” the emotional Venus said.
“I have been right there with you, some of them I lost right there against you. Yes, that is weird but it is true.
“But it has been an awesome thing, your win has always been my win and I think that you know that. Those times that I couldn’t be there, didn’t get there, you were there. I am enormously proud of you.”