As it happened: Serena Williams beats sister Venus to win 7th Australian Open title

Serena Williams hits a return en route to her victory against Venus Williams during the women's singles final on day 13 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 28. — Photo: AFP  

In what was seen as a fairy tale Grand Slam finals, Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus Williams to clinch her seventh Australian Open title. She now holds 23 Grand Slam titles - an Open era record.

Venus, who was looking to win her eighth Grand Slam title, fell in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

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That's it from us today. Do make sure to come back to The Hindu for what will be another dream final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal tomorrow!

Rankings

Here's how the WTA rankings will look like on Monday:

1. Serena Williams

2. Angelique Kerber

3. Karolina Pliskova

4. Simona Halep

5. Dominika Cibulkova

6. Agnieszka Radwanska

7. Garbine Muguruza

8. Svetlana Kuznetsova

9. Madison Keys

10. Johanna Konta

(11. Venus Williams!)

'No way I'd be 23 without her'

"She is only reason the Williams sisters exist," Serena says. "There is no way I would be anything without her.

"We'll see her again next year... I don't like the word 'comeback.' She never left."

Word.

'Your win is my win'

"Your win is my win, you know that," Venus says in a moving speech at the ceremony.

"Thank you for all the love. I would definitely like to come back."

We love you too, Venus.  And yes, please come back!

 

Breaking records

What does this mean?

This is Serena Williams seventh Australian Open title.

This is also her 23rd Grand Slam singles title. She now holds the most number of major titles in the Open era, going past Steffi Graf who has 22. Let that sink in.

She is also back to being World No. 1.

This is her 10th Grand Slam since turning 30. Like we said earlier, 30 is the new 20!

Serena 6-4 6-4 Venus

 

 

*Serena 2-3 Venus

We have a hold! We have a hold!  Venus definitely looks like the calmer one in the match so far, with a firm hold. Serena still seems to struggle to find her footing.

Serena 2-2 Venus*

And off we go on another break.  Is anyone keeping track of the number of double faults from Serena yet? Four games, four breaks.

*Serena 2-1 Venus

Serena breaks again.  The crowd gasps, not just after one fierce rally after another.. but also when Serena slams her racquet down after being unable to pick a crosscourt winner from Venus.  She's clearly showing signs of pressure this early in a match, but channels it into a monstrous forehand winner. Venus can't win it, the ball lands on the net and another break it is.

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