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Serena Williams wins Australian Open after face-off with sister Venus. It’s her 23rd Grand Slam title

VICTORIOUS: Serena Williams

VICTORIOUS: Serena Williams

SERENA WILLIAMS has won her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title after facing her older sister Venus in Saturday’s Australian Open final.

With her record seventh Australian title, the 35-year-old moved ahead of Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open era.

Margaret Court won 24 majors, but collected 13 of those before the Open era.

It was Serena’s seventh win in nine all-Williams Grand Slam finals, and the first since Wimbledon in 2009.

It was 36-year-old Venus’ first trip back to a major final in over seven years.

After the match, Venus walked over to Serena’s side of the net and the sisters hugged.

“This was a tough one—I really would like to take this moment to congratulate Venus,” Serena Williams said. “She’s an amazing person. There’s no way I’d be at 23 without her. She’s my inspiration and the only reason I’m standing here today. Thanks for inspiring me to be the best player I can be.”

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