US-born Serena Williams (35) has become one of the greatest tennis players in the world after beating her sister Venus Williams (36) in the Australian Open final in Melbourne on Saturday.
This is her 23rd single major title, which makes her overtake Germany’s Steffi Graf as the winner of most grand slam titles since tennis went professional.
The victory at the Rod Laver Arena also helps Serena reclaim the world number one ranking, which she lost to German Angelique Kerber last September.
Venus, who at 36 was the oldest finalist in Melbourne in the professional era, wholeheartedly congratulated her sister. “Congratulations Serena, on number 23. I’ve been right there with you, some of them I’ve lost with you,” she said.
“Your win has always been my win, you know that. I’m enormously proud of you; you mean the world to me.”
The two sisters were playing a grand slam final together for the eighth time. It is Serena Williams’ seventh Australian Open title.
(DW/dpa/Reuters, final editing by Issa Sikiti)
Photo: Tennis players Venus and Serena Williams. Credit: DW/Reuters/T. Peter