Serena Williams is back on top of the world of women’s tennis, as she won the Australian Open for her 19th Grand Slam title. Then she jumped around to celebrate.
One imagines that it was a relief to finally see order restored in women’s tennis, at least for the people who are paid to worry about such things.
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The trend in recent tournaments has been to see the occasional final where the two finalists were relatively anonymous, as least as far as a broader audience is concerned. To see no. 1 Serena Williams take on no. 2 Maria Sharapova, then, was the a big-name final that people in the tennis world will not take for granted.
The match did not disappoint, with Williams defeating Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 for the championship. With the title, Williams has now won 19 career Grand Slams. That puts her just three behind the all-time record held by Steffi Graf.
As somebody who plays under a tremendous amount of pressure, self-imposed or otherwise, Williams made sure to cut loose and enjoy herself after the win. Observe.
Williams is now 17-2 in her career against Sharapova. That’s called dominance, kids.
Speaking after the match, Williams discussed her upbringing and the fact that she did not have much as a kid (quotes from Sports Illustrated): “I went on the courts with just a ball, a racket, and a hope. That’s all I had. Never give up. You never know what’s going to happen.”
This was the sixth time that Williams won the Australian Open.
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