At Wimbledon one more, despite dropping the first set, it was little sister Serena’s title for the taking for the second year in a row, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
The 6-4, 6-4 Australian Open win catapulted her in front of 22-Grand Slam victor Steffi Graf, and gave Williams the title for most Grand Slams in the Open era of anyone, male or female. Williams now lies one major win behind Margaret Court’s record of 24. Serena Williams has been in a final of a major at least once every year since 2006.
Venus stayed in the match with 21 winners, and won the longest rally of the match, but she couldn’t seem to keep up with her sister.
It simply wasn’t meant to be for Venus, who appeared to be the crowd favorite at Rod Laver Arena.
At 35 years and 124 days old, Serena is the oldest Grand Slam victor in the Open Era.
Standing across the net from Venus and a potential first Grand Slam title in nine years was a familiar opponent: younger sister Serena Williams. She won 64 grand slam titles in total, including doubles and mixed doubles. “Especially here in Melbourne, this is my first Grand Slam win and to get to 23 here is rather special, especially against Venus”.
Serena Williams was quick to praise Venus for her sister’s part in her reaching the symbolic number. Give me a few weeks and she won’t think about anymore.
“But I was like, “man I’m hitting really well”. After winning the match, Serena said, “Playing Venus, it’s stuff that legends are made of”. “I just felt Venus was pushing me and I just had to play so well”.
“I’ve been chasing it for a really long time”.
“I really elevated my game somehow”, Serena told ESPN afterward, saying she still thinks she’s in the prime of her career.
Since losing the 2008 Wimbledon final to Venus, Serena has won 14 more majors.
With the number 23 etched into the side, the Nike trainers were paraded around by the 35-year-old as she soaked up the post-match pleasantries. “She never left; she’s such a great champion”. Kerber went on to win that tournament and gained the No. 1 ranking with it. “If I had of lost, it wouldn’t have been a loss because I know everything that Venus has gone through”.
On Sunday, it was ninth time that Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Spain’s Rafael Nadal met in a grand slam tennis final.