Australian Open: Serena Williams Set-by-set Breakdown Women’s Final Beat Venus Williams |

Australian Open: Serena Williams Set-by-set Breakdown Women’s Final Beat Venus Williams

Serena Williams rewrote history on Saturday to surpass Steffi Graf and capture a record 23rd Grand Slam title as well as the World No. 1 ranking by beating her sister Venus Williams in the Australian Open final.

Set 1: Serena 6-4, 41 minutes
Serena smashes her racket in frustration during a nervy start as the match starts with four consecutive breaks of serve. Finally both players are able to hold before Serena goes a break up at 4-3 ahead with a superb backhand winner. She serves it out flawlessly, setting up three set points and grabbing the first with her seventh ace of the match. Serena has 13 unforced errors in the first five games, but just one in the remainder of the set.

Set 2: Serena 6-4, 41 minutes
It goes with serve for six games before Venus wilts and Serena pounces, converting her third break point of game seven with a backhand return winner. She holds to love for 5-3 and the writing is on the wall for Venus. The elder Williams holds serve to stay in it and with Serena serving for the championship, Venus wins a 24-shot rally, the longest of the match, to put pressure on her sister. But Venus then nets a forehand to hand Serena championship point, before another error gives her victory.

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List of Serena Williams’ 23 grand slam singles titles

1999

U.S. Open – beat Martina Hingis (Switzerland) 6-3 7-6

2002

French Open – beat Venus Williams (U.S.) 7-5 6-3

Wimbledon – beat Venus Williams 7-6 6-3

U.S. Open – beat Venus Williams 6-4 6-3

2003

Australian Open – beat Venus Williams 7-6 3-6 6-4

Wimbledon – beat Venus Williams 4-6 6-4 6-2

2005

Australian Open – beat Lindsay Davenport (U.S.) 2-6 6-3 6-0

2007

Australian Open – beat Maria Sharapova (Russia) 6-1 6-2

2008

U.S. Open – beat Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) 6-4 7-5

2009

Australian Open – beat Dinara Safina (Russia) 6-0 6-3

Wimbledon – beat Venus Williams 7-6 6-2

2010

Australian Open – beat Justine Henin (Belgium) 6-4 3-6 6-2

Wimbledon – beat Vera Zvonareva (Russia) 6-3 6-2

2012

Wimbledon – beat Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 6-1 5-7 6-2

U.S. Open – beat Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) 6-2 2-6 7-5

2013

French Open – beat Maria Sharapova (Russia) 6-4 6-4
U.S. Open – beat Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) 7-5 6-7 6-1

2014

U.S. Open – beat Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 6-3 6-3

2015

Australian Open – beat Maria Sharapova (Russia) 6-3 7-6

French Open – beat Lucie Safarova (Czech Rep) 6-3 6-7 6-2

Wimbledon – beat Garbine Muguruza (Spain) 6-4 6-4

2016

Wimbledon – beat Angelique Kerber (Germany) 7-5 6-3

2017

Australian Open – beat Venus Williams (U.S) 6-4 6-4

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