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Serena Williams Finishes The Fight for Historic Win at Australian Open

Serena Williams Finishes The Fight for Historic Win at Australian Open

"I really wanted to get to 23 so bad," Serena said. "More than you can ever imagine."

“You fight!” Serena Williams screamed to herself after reaching championship point at the Australian Open final on Saturday, while facing her older sister, and idol, Venus. “You fight!” Quite fitting that, one week after women throughout the world took to the streets to assert their rights and express their voices, one of the most inspiring athletes of all-time would shout these words.

Serena would know. Since emerging from the streets of Compton to crash a county club sport, she and her sister have fought racists tropes, fought doubts about their commitment to tennis, and in recent years, fought the effects of age, which eventually vanquishes all practitioners of tennis, a grinding game. But here were Serena, 35, and Venus, not only 36 but also having beaten a debilitating autoimmune disorder, battling for the Aussie championship, their combined age the oldest ever for a Grand Slam final. And here was Serena — “You fight! You fight!”— just one point away from making more history.

About a minute later, the match was over. Serena finished off Venus, 6-4, 6-4, giving her a seventh Australian Open title, returning her to the world No. 1 ranking, and most importantly, winning her a 23rd major championship. With the victory, Serena broke Steffi Graf’s record for most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era. (Before 1968, only amateurs could compete in the major tournaments). Serena’s loathe to discuss milestones during big tournaments. After she won the first three majors of 2015, the media hounded her about finishing off the calendar-year Grand Slam at that year’s U.S. Open. Graf last pulled off a Grand Slam in 1988. Serena lost in the semis. Fans desperately wanted her to win her 23rd major in America, at last year’s Open. She fell in the semis again.

She kept telling herself that 22 Slams wasn’t too bad. But now that she had clinched the record, Williams let loose. “I really wanted to get to 23 so bad,” Serena told ESPN after the match. “More than you can ever imagine.” Such drive explains why Serena smashed her racket early in the match, during the third game of the first set. She slipped, lost a point, and pounded it against the Melbourne hardcourt. She wasn’t giving in to anyone, not even her best friend. Her crumpled Wilson, discarded to the sideline like crushed soda can, now symbolized her ferocious will to break new sports barriers.

After the match, the sisters put their love on display. “That’s my little sister guys,” Venus told the crowd upon receiving her runner-up prize. “Your win has always been my win,” she told Serena. For her part, Serena’s always been awed by Venus, especially after Venus was diagnosed with Sjorgen’s Syndrome more than five years ago. Serena has said that such bad fortune likely would have worn her down. She’d probably feel sorry for herself, ask “why me?” But Venus never wanted at pity. Serena credits her own late-career bloom — she’s won 10 majors since turning 30 — to Venus’ example. If sickness didn’t beat down Venus, what was Serena’s excuse for not putting in the work? After the match, Serena told Venus she’s “the only reason I’m standing here today.”

And Serena’s not done. Margaret Court holds the all-time record for Grand Slam singles titles in any era, with 24. Serena’s has nothing left to prove. She’s the greatest ever. But she may as well pass Court and completely rewrite the record book. Serena’s still the strongest player in the world. Fight on.

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Australian Open: Serena Williams wins Australian Open to seal record 23rd major singles title, Metro News

Serena Williams wins Australian Open to seal Open-era record 23rd major singles title

Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus in straight sets to win the Australian Open and seal an Open-era record 23rd major singles title.

The 35-year-old American now moves past Germany’s Steffi Graf in the record books after the emotional 6-4, 6-4 triumph inside the Rod Laver Arena.

The two sisters have played each other 27 times in competitive matches and on only four occasions has the woman who lost the first set gone on to win, so the writing was on the wall somewhat after Serena took the first 6-4.

The duo exchanged breaks at the start of the match, with both struggling to hold their own serve as Serena’s frustration boiled over when she smashed her racquet within the third game of the match.

Venus finally produced the first hold of a cagey opening set to move 3-2 up on her sister.

Serena soon wrestled the initiative from her sister, getting her first hold of the match before breaking again for 4-3.

The world No. 2 made no mistake in consolidating the break this time and served the first set out 6-4.

Most Open Era Grand Slam titles

22 – Steffi Graf

18 – Chris Evert

18 –Martina Navratilova

11 – Margaret Court (won 13 pre-Open Era)

The second set showed that the nerves has settled as both players managed to serve with confidence up until the seventh game when Serena, displaying her immense power, broke a willing Venus who looked exhausted after previously defending two break points.

From then on the younger sister had the title in her sights and held her serve to take a 5-3 lead in the match.

Serving to stay in the game, Venus’ miraculous tournament lasted moments longer despite a slight shoulder problem which allowed Serena the opportunity to serve for the match and she positively delivered, powering through to complete the record 6-4, 6-4 win.

Players Serena Williams has beaten in Slam finals

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‘I really would like to take this moment to congratulate Venus. She’s an amazing person,’ champion Serena Williams said after the match.

‘There’s no way I would be at 23 without her. There’s no way I’d be at one without her. She’s my inspiration.

‘She’s the only reason I’m standing here today. She’s the only reason the Williams sisters exist. Thank you for inspiring me. Every time you won this week, I felt like I got a win too.

‘She deserves an incredible round of applause, she’s made an amazing comeback. I definitely think she’ll be standing here next year. I don’t like the world comeback – she never left.’

“Thank you Venus for inspiring me to be the best player that I can be.” Well done @serenawilliams on your 23rd Grand Slam title #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/LPtr9G52B0

‘Congratulations Serena on number 23. I have been right there with you, some of them I lost right there against you. It’s been an awesome win,’ runner-up Venus Williams said.

‘All those times i couldn’t be there, didn’t get there, you were there. I’m enormously proud of you, you mean the world to me.

‘I am, God willing, would love to come back. Thank you for all the love.’

“Thank you for all the love, thank you.” @Venuseswilliams thank you for a fantastic #AusOpen 2017 pic.twitter.com/D95TfYweSL

Your #AusOpen 2017 champion @serenawilliams doing a lap of honour with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup. pic.twitter.com/OOiMQfvcwI

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Serena Williams Won the Australian Open While Pregnant

The Internet Is Freaking Out Over News That Serena Williams Won the Australian Open While Pregnant

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 11:18am EDT

Serena Williams nearly broke the Internet with news that she and her fiancé Alexis Ohanian are expecting their first child, noting that she’s “20 weeks” along.

The Twittersphere quickly did the math, and learned that the tennis great would have been about eight weeks pregnant when she won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open in January.

With that, the tweets, memes and gifs went flying on several social media platforms.

“Serena Williams is 20 weeks pregnant which means she won the Australian Open during pregnancy and didn’t drop a single set,” one Instagram user wrote on a photo of Williams’ famous finger-wag.

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Serena Williams won a grand slam while she was pregnant so every man should probably shut up about everything forever.

One Twitter user wrote: “Serena Williams won a grand slam while she was pregnant so every man should probably shut up about everything forever.”

Williams, 35, broke the news with a simple mirror selfie on Snapchat, writing, “20 weeks” — with her baby bump clearly visible.

Source: Serena Williams/Snapchat

A rep for the tennis star confirmed the pregnancy to PEOPLE later on Wednesday, saying, “I’m happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall.”

Serena Williams (Greatest Tennis player ever) won the Australian Open with the future greatest tennis player ever inside her. ICONIC pic.twitter.com/SoTLOWkgtk

In true hilarious Twitter fashion, one user tweeted, “Serena Williams baby already has 2 grand slams.”

“In new ‘Serena Williams is one of the best Athletes of all time’ news, She won the Aus open while f—— pregnant. Stop doubting the Queen,” another tweeter posted.

Naturally, social media users uploaded some of the star’s most popular gifs to praise the athlete.

Winning a slam title while NOT 2 mos. pregnant will never again seem quite so impressive. @serenawilliams always redefining what's possible!

“Serena Williams (Greatest Tennis player ever) won the Australian Open with the future greatest tennis player ever inside her. ICONIC,” one person tweeted alongside a gif of Williams dancing.

ESPN’s Chris Fowler suggested that Williams’ feat raised the bar.

Serena Williams unborn baby has already won a Australian open yet you cant even make it to a 8am class

“Winning a slam title while NOT 2 mos. pregnant will never again seem quite so impressive,” he tweeted. “@serenawilliams always redefining what’s possible!”

The headline-making baby news comes a few months after the tennis great announced that she is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Serena Williams actually won the Australia Open while pregnant….that's super woman status right there

“Serena Williams unborn baby has already won a Australian open yet you cant even make it to a 8am class,” another tweeter wrote.

It’s official: Williams is the G.O.A.Tthe Greatest of all Time.

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  • 10 tweets about Serena Williams winning 2017 Australian Open while pregnant to cleanse your soul

    10 tweets about Serena Williams winning 2017 Australian Open while pregnant that will cleanse your soul

    Real-life Wonder Woman, Serena Williams, shared a photograph of herself in a swimsuit bearing the caption, ’20 weeks’. An announcement that has since then sent Twitter into a meltdown because if she is indeed 20 weeks pregnant then she played, and won, her 23rd Grand Slam win while she was with a child. A human being was growing inside her while she slayed the 2017 Australian Open. As a Twitter user says, till the time a man can find a way to play a sport while pregnant, Serena Williams will go down in history as the greatest athlete ever.

    The photo has since been deleted, but her representatives released a statement confirming the news. The 35-year-old who is engaged to the co-founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, will return to No. 1 world ranking next week. This January, while playing the Aussie Open, she defeated Venus Williams creating a record for most Grand Slam singles wins. She has since then not played any match.

    After news of her pregnancy spread like wildfire, and fans figured out that she was two months pregnant when she last played professional tennis, the meltdown that followed has been threatening to break the internet. So in no order whatsoever, here are 10 of the best tweets to have ever been sent out into the universe to the mark this joyous occasion.

    Serena, you need a crown.

    Serena Williams unborn baby has already won a Australian open yet you cant even make it to a 8am class

    Serena Williams won a Grand Slam while pregnant. I can hardly work a desk job after eating a burrito. Life comes at you fast.

    When you realize Serena Williams won the Australian Open pregnant and you can’t muster up the energy to do the elliptical for 10 minutes. pic.twitter.com/R8qLkn1YAB

    — The Shadow League (@ShadowLeagueTSL) April 19, 2017

    Serena Williams was doing this at Grand Slams while pregnant. Meanwhile, today I complained about allergies. pic.twitter.com/QktRPFf3Gi

    Serena Williams was pregnant when she won the Australia Open in Jan. but I cant even get out of bed when I’m on my period. Sis is superwoman

    @ every guy that downgrades women & says they aren’t good at sports:

    Serena. Williams. Won. A. Grand. Slam. While. She. Was. Pregnant.

    Serena Williams won the Australian open pregnant.

    Idgaf who you think the greatest athlete ever is. They didn’t win a major title pregnant.

    — Gyal Dem Schewazzle (@DavidEatsViagra) April 19, 2017

    Serena Williams won a grand slam while she was pregnant so every man should probably shut up about everything forever.

    Serena Williams was pregnant when she won her 23rd grand slam tournament at the Australian Open. And did not drop ONE SET. Let that sink in.

    Serena Williams is 20 weeks pregnant I hope I’m the baby

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    Australian Open 2017: Serena Williams makes history; wins 23rd Grand Slam in Open era

    Australian Open 2017: Serena Williams makes history; wins 23rd Grand Slam in Open era

    Serena Williams is serving for the championship, but it is Venus who is stealing the attention. The longest rally of the match so far lasted in the game -- 28 rallies. The ultimate point at the end was clinched by the elder of the Williams sisters -- Venus!

    That said, an unforced error from Venus gave Serena that one break point. and SERENA WILLIAMS MAKES HISTORY!

    Brilliant fight back and perseverance from Venus to win the game!

    Serena 5-4 Venus

    AAAAAND. Serena does it again! Four points on the trot. This looks almost done now!

    Serena 5-3 Venus

    Good rally between the sisters, but Serena bosses it at the end. The game goes to a deuce. but Serena has enough gas left in her tank to prevail in the end!

    Serena 4-3 Venus

    One of those rare games where Serena doesn't commit a double fault nor gets an ace. She holds!

    Serena 3-3 Venus

    Venus Williams quickly finishes off the game to take the lead

    Serena 2-3 Venus

    Aaand. Serena serving in the game. A double fault and an ace. the trend has continued! Serena holds.

    Serena 2-2 Venus

    Serena pockets three points quickly off Venus' serve. BUT Venus returns with vengeance and levels the game 40-40

    DAAANG! Five continous points and Venus Williams grabs the game.

    Serena 1-2 Venus

    The first ace from Serena of the second set. and three points on the trot. She gave away two game points. but CLINCHES it!

    Serena 1-1 Venus

    Venus starts the set with an ace! Comfortable win for the 36-year-old with a two-handed backhand.

    Serena 0-1 Venus

    Serena serves for the first set! Whoa! And she BOSSES it with four straight points on the trot. Two aces won!

    As well as the set. Total time: 41 mins.

    Venus serves to stay in the set. and she does well to hold!

    Serena 5-4 Venus

    Serena's serve has not been that dominating so far. but the ACES keep coming. The World No 2 now has 5 aces and four double faults.

    Serena 5-3 Venus

    Awwww. Genie has tweeted. We miss you, princess!

    Venus with powerful aces of her own! Fight for bragging rights, this? Oh irony. A double fault follows too.

    Sisters. everything remains the same. CRAZY!

    And Serena looks BACKKK with a powerful forehand.

    Serena 4-3 Venus

    'I Gotta Feeling' - the song by the Black Eyed Peas, played at the Rod Laver Arena now. Can the words live up to the expectation?

    Meanwhile, Serena's serve isn't helping much as she is continuosly losing points. But wait, the former numero uno wins four straight points to clinch the game.

    Serena 3-3 Venus

    Venus is being ridiculously agile and active. She is the oldest women's singles finalist in a grand slam ever. Who was expecting that?

    2 break points for Venus. and she holds her serve!

    Serena 2-3 Venus

    19 minutes over already in the three games. Serena serves again. and the beautiful ACE comes again. Her second of the match so far. Oh daang, yet again a double fault to deuce the game.

    AND AGAIN! A double fault. And an ace following it. Haha, brilliant combination that be! An ace followed by a double fault.

    The grunts from Serena have arrived, folks. OMG, yet another double fault and Venus clinches the game!

    Serena 2-2 Venus

    First double fault from Venus now. Both women showcasing their powerful forehand shots on the court! The rallies are also building up.

    Aaand. the first drop shot winner from Venus and she gets the game to a deuce.

    OH DAAANG! Serena has a broken racquet already! That was. unexpected?

    And the new racquet helps Serena brings the game to another deuce. And again, Venus takes it to the third deuce of the game. Serena breaks!

    Serena 2-1 Venus

    The World No 2 again dominates with her first serve in the match. but Serena commits the first double fault as well. But also gets an ace!

    Venus does well to get a deuce from the set. and CLINCHES it following an unforced error by Serena.

    Serena 1-1 Venus

    Serena gets off to two points quickly and get two break points and seals the first game of the match with a powerful forehand. Bright start.

    Serena 1-0 Venus

    2 pm IST: The players (and sisters) are out on the court!

    Serena wins the toss and will have the first receive in the match

    Serena hasn't dropped a set in her journey towards the final. That says a lot who the favourite is! Will family emotions take attention now or pure aggression? Stay tuned.

    1:52 pm IST: Alright, let's head in straight into the Rod Laver Arena. We have visuals coming in.

    1:48 pm IST: Interesting thing is. both Serena and Williams are looking to write record books today. While Serena looks ahead to her 23rd Grand Slam in an Open era -- the highest ever, Venus is vying to be the oldest Grand slam singles women's champion!

    1:42 pm IST: While we do the countdown to the women's singles final, let us brush up with some other championship wins from the Australian Open 2017.

    Wheelchair tennis women's singles champion: Yui Kamiji

    Wheelchair tennis men's singles champion: Gusti Fernandez

    Quad Wheelchair Singles champion: Dylan Alcott

    1:30 pm IST: Time to relive their journey so far:

    Serena Williams comes into the match at the back of a straight sets win against Lucic-Baroni in the semis.

    Venus Williams comes into the match at the back of a three-set victory over Vandeweghe in the semis.

    1:15 pm IST: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the live coverage of the Australian Open 2017 women's singles final. Two legends of tennis -- Serena Williams and Venus Williams -- two of the most iconic faces of the game. who are also sisters, pit against each other for the 19th time in a Grand Slam.

    This is me Sayantan from International Business Times, India, entrusted with the duties of bringing all the updates of the match across YOU.

    Super Saturday is a term we normally associate with football, but well thanks to the Williams sisters, we have a Super Saturday in tennis right here. Can this be the perfect curtain raiser to the Federer-Nadal Aus Open 2017 men's singles final tomorrow? That needs to be seen.

    Until then, the match from the Rod Laver Arena gets under way in an hour from now. Stay tuned!

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