Australian Open Final 2017 – After a heated tournament, Serena Williams won 6-4, 6-4, defeating her sister Venus whilst recording her 23rd Grand Slam title.
The Saturday win has returned Serena as the world’s top-ranked player. Last September, German Angelique Kerber had held the position.
The just won match was one of the most anticipated matches for Serena. First because Venus would be her rival in the women’s singles final; secondly, winning will add another Grand-slam title to previous victories as well as would be her seventh Australian Open trophy.
Currently the number one in the world, Serena has won the most singles majors in the Open era, beating the past record of Steffi Graf.
Serena equalled Graf’s mark of 22 at Wimbledon last year but stands just one behind the all-time 24 won by Margaret Court.
The match lasted for an hour and 22 minutes, and ended on an emotional note as both sisters appreciated each other.
“Congratulations Serena on number 23,”
“I have been right there with you, some of them I lost right there against you. It’s been an awesome win.”
“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 in turn had this to say,
“There is no way I would be at 23 without her. There is no way I would be at one without her. She is my inspiration, she is the only reason I am standing here today and the only reason that the Williams sisters exist.
“Thank you Venus for inspiring me to be the best player that I could be and inspire me to work hard every time you won this week I felt like I got a win too.”
Australian Open Final 2017 is the ninth time the Williams sisters were meeting for a major final. It is also their first major battle since 2009.
This would also be Serena’s 17th victory in 28 matches against Venus.