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Serena Williams defeats her sister Venus to set Grand Slam record




Venus and Serena Williams

Venus and Serena Williams

Serena Williams has beaten her big sister Venus to win the Australian Open for a seventh time, giving her a record 23 Grand Slam singles titles.

Serena, who is around 15 months younger than her sister, won in straight sets 6-4 6-4.

The American now also takes back the world number one ranking from German Angelique Kerber.

Venus and Serena have played each other many times over their long careers, but have always put sisterly love over any sporting rivalry.

After losing, Venus said, “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.”

“I’m enormously proud of you, you mean the world to me. I, God willing, would love to come back. Thank you for all the love.”

The Williams Sisters

The Williams Sisters

Serena also paid tribute to her big sis, saying: “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.”

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