Serena Williams secured an Open-era record 23rd grand slam title by beating her older sister Venus to become Australian Open champion.
It’s Serena Williams’ seventh Australian Open title and second in the past three tournaments in Melbourne. She also has seven titles at Wimbledon, six at the US Open and three at the French Open.
Victory for Serena Williams also reaffirms her status as the world’s No 1 player – she will overtake Angelique Kerber when the rankings are updated on Monday.
“I would like to congratulate Venus,” Serena said after receiving the trophy.
“Thank you for inspiring me to be the best player I can be. Every time you won this week, I thought ‘I’ve got to win too’.
“She’s made an amazing comeback. I don’t like the word comeback because she’s never left.”
Venus Williams had amazing run to the final and her post-match speech will take some beating too as she paid tribute to her younger sister as well as relishing her own moment back in the spotlight, playing in her first Grand Slam final since 2009.
Venus said of her sister: “Serena Williams, that’s my little sister, guys.
“Congratulations on number 23, I’ve been right there with you, some of them I lost against you. Your win has always been my win, I think you know that.
“All the times I couldn’t be there or wouldn’t be there, you were there. I’m enormously proud of you, you mean the world to me.”
She remains one Grand Slam championship behind the all-time leader, Margaret Court, who has 24 titles in the Open and amateur eras. Court, an Australian who won 13 majors before the dawn of the Open era in 1968, was among those applauding the Williams sisters at Rod Laver Arena.