Serena Williams wrote the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles behind her name when she bagged her 23rd trophy after winning the Australian Open title today.
She beat her older sister Venus in the women’s singles final in Melbourne to go one better than German’s Steffi Graf, with whom she shared the record.
The American’s victory – her seventh major in Australia – also secured her the world number one ranking which was held by Germany’s Angelique Kerber going into the tournament.
“There’s no way I would be at 23 without her (Venus). There’s no way I’d be at one without her,” said Williams.
“She’s my inspiration. She’s the only reason I’m standing here today.”
The crowd on the Rod Laver Arena were squarely behind Venus as she tried to win her first major title in eight years.
Williams became the first player to win the Aussie Open without dropping a set since Maria Sharapova in 2008.
Tomorrow’s men’s singles final will see the resumption of one of the greatest tennis rivalries in the modern era.
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