Serena Williams Makes History!
Congratulations to Serena Williams! The 35-year-old tennis star has won her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title, beating her sister Venus, who sweetly gave her a congratulatory hug after the match. The all-Williams final went to Serena 6-4, 6-4.
With her record seventh Australian title, she has now moved ahead of Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open era. Margaret Court has the all-time record and was also in the crowd for the final at Rod Laver Arena.
Serena’s win will also ensure that she will regain the top ranking, which she lost in September after 186 straight weeks when Angelique Kerber won the U.S. Open.
It was Serena’s seventh win in nine all-Williams Grand Slam finals, and the first since Wimbledon in 2009. It was 36-year-old, No. 13-seeded Venus Williams’ first trip back to a major final in 7 ½ years.
Serena has won 15 majors since last losing to Venus in a Grand Slam final, at Wimbledon in 2008. That was the seventh and last major title that the older of the Williams sisters won.
Venus said about Serena’s win,
Serena Williams, that’s my little sister, guys. Congratulations Serena on No. 23. I have been right there with you. Some of them I have lost right there against you. It’s been an awesome thing, your win has always been my win, you know that. All the times I couldn’t be there, wouldn’t be there, didn’t get there, you were there.
After her win, Serena received a pair of custom-made shoes — sent by former NBA star Michael Jordan.
It had Jordan’s jersey number No. 23 stamped on the heel.