Venus Williams makes history at Australian open

Australian Junior Open 2014 Alexander Zverev lifts trophy

Australian Junior Open 2014 Alexander Zverev lifts trophy

Serena Williams has won her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over her older sister Venus in the Australian Open final.

She has beaten Grand Slam champions in back-to-back matches at Melbourne Park after her upset over top-ranked Angelique Kerber, who won the Australian and USA titles past year.

With the victory, the 35-year-old Williams powered her way into the record books with 23 Grand Slam titles, surpassing German Steffi Graf as victor of the most Grand Slams since the beginning of the Open era in 1968, when professional and amateur players competed in the same events.

Serena said the quality of Venus's play rather than nerves at playing her sister in a grand slam final for the ninth time were responsible for her uncharacteristically giving up two service breaks in a topsy-turvy opening set. She now has a 17-11 career record against Venus, which includes a record of 10-5 of Grand Slams, The Associated Press reports.

Williams has won 15 majors since last losing to Venus in a Grand Slam final, at Wimbledon in 2008.

That title decider at the All England Club nearly eight years ago was also Venus's last before being diagnosed with Srojden's syndrome - a debilitating auto-immune disease - that threatened to end her celebrated career.

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"She's an incredible person, there's no way I would be at 23 without her", she said, cradling the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at the trophy ceremony. "Every time she won her match, I felt obligated to win - I've got to win, too".

In terms of what it actually was, Serena Williams's Australian Open victory was fairly straightforward; in terms of what it means, it's totally overwhelming. We lived together. I know what she went through.

WHAT MOST OF us have known for a long time is now official: Serena Williams is the greatest tennis player of the Open era. "But, actually, I think she's happy I did it now". The win also ensures that Serena Williams will retake her spot at the top of the WTA rankings.

The elder Williams sister has been battling Sjogren's syndrome - a debilitating auto-immune disease - since 2011, and few had given the former world number any hope of adding to her seven singles majors.

The elder Williams has beaten injuries and overcome Sjogren's syndrome, a rare, energy-sapping autoimmune disorder, to reach a 15th Grand Slam final, almost eight years after her last. "I get it. Isha, I love you".

Thanks to this win she will become World No. 1 again. I've been there with you, some of them I lost right there against you. The last all-Williams final came at Wimbledon in 2009, which also was Venus' last major final. I can compete against any odds. Venus placed her arm around Serena for the habitual pre-match photo, but Serena kept both hands by her side.

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