Serena Williams continued to make history at the Australian Open when she won her 23rd career Grand Slam title on Saturday night after beating Venus.
Serena Williams had to turn aside her older sister, Venus, at 36 the oldest Australian Open finalist in the Open Era, in a 6-4, 6-4 final victory. This was the Grand Slam contested by the two oldest women’s finalists in the Open Era.
The two sisters shared a long hug on the court after the 1 hour, 22-minute match, once again, seeming to defy any possibility of sibling rivalry.
The 35-year-old Serena said of her sister: “I really would like to take this moment to congratulate Venus, she’s an amazing person,”
“There’s no way I’d be at 23 (titles), or I’d be at one. She’s my inspiration. Thank you, Venus, for inspiring me to be the best player I could be.”
This was Venu$ Williams’ 15th Grand Slam final, she’s won 7 in her career, but has lost both Australian Open finals she’s played.