Serena Williams beats sister Venus to win a seventh Australian Open and historic 23rd major major
When it comes to Grand Slam achievement in the Open era, Serena Williams is now alone at the top.
Serena defeated big sister Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the Australian Open final earlier today. The win is her 23rd major title, breaking the record she had shared with Steffi Graf. She now has seven Australian Opens, seven Wimbledons, six US Opens and three French Opens.
Despite suffering her seventh loss to Serena in a grand slam final, Venus was joyously proud of her sibling: ‘That’s my little sister, guys,’ she told the crowd after the match.
‘Congratulations, Serena, on No. 23,’ Venus also said. ‘I have been there right with you. Some of them I lost right there against you. I guess that’s weird, but it’s been an awesome thing. Your win has always been my win. I think you know that. And all the time I couldn’t be there, wouldn’t be there, didn’t get there, you were there. I’m enormously proud of you. You mean the world to me.’
Serena is now within one victory of Margaret Court’s career record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, 11 of which were at the Australian.
She became the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open era (1968 on), breaking her own record set at Wimbledon last year. Venus, 36, was the oldest Australian Open finalist in the Open era.
‘There’s no way I would be at 23 without her; there’s no way I would be at 1 without her,’ Serena said of Venus during the on-court ceremony. ‘There’s no way I would have anything without her. She’s my inspiration. She’s the only reason I’m standing here today, and the only reason that the Williams sisters exist. So thank you, Venus, for inspiring me to be the best player I could be and inspiring me to work hard. Every time you won this week, I felt like I’ve got to win, too.’