Serena Williams beat her older sister Venus, in straight sets, 6-4 and 6-4, managing to win her seventh Australian Open and her 23th Grand Slam overall. She now stands alone as the all-time leader, when it comes to women’s Grand Slam titles in the Open Era.
The 35-years old American had plenty at stake in the Australian Open final on Saturday night. However, the win against Venus helped Serena establish a record that will be hard to top: 23 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era. Now that’s what we call impressive!
Since last year’s Wimbledon tournament, Serena was tied with Steffi Graf, each of them having 22 titles, so this one had the role to erase all those feelings of frustration and sorrow. Soon after the win, Serena burst into tears of joy, admitting that this record has a powerful meaning for her and that now she feels really great.
Now, after establishing this new record, she has the opportunity to concentrate on setting a new one! Australian Margaret Court holds the overall record with 24 Grand Slam titles, an achievement which spreads through the pre-Open and Open Era. And Serena will try to equalize it!
We all knew that Serena Williams would’ve reclaim the top position in the women’s ranking if she won her seventh trophy in Melbourne, but what’s interesting is the fact that she actually had no idea about this! Her coach and fiancee, Patrick Mouratoglou, hid this information from her, trying to avoid putting more pressure on her shoulders.
Serena didn’t start the year too well though, with a loss in three sets at Auckland, to fellow American Madison Brengle, a match in which the 35-years old player made 88 unforced errors. But a true champion keeps fighting, no matter what, and Serena is clearly one of the best examples!