Serena Williams beats Venus Williams to win record 23rd major

1/30/2017, 2:44 a.m.
Serena Williams rewrote tennis history books once again, this time with sister Venus across the net and her fiance Alexis ...
Serena Williams (Photo: CNN)

— She was clearly focused on the task at hand, perhaps fueled by the fact that in 2016, she lost two of her three grand slam finals. Very unusual.

This didn't turn out to be like their last duel at the US Open in 2015, which was one of the finest matches of the season.

At one stage Serena struck three double faults in one game, and Venus, sporting strapping on one leg, wasn't able to serve in the fashion she did in previous rounds.

Serena also received a warning for smashing her racket in the third game when a net-cord winner went against her.

She, however, earned the pivotal break of the first at 3-3 and broke again in the same game of the second. In that second set Serena's first serve -- which she said hadn't helped her out much of the tournament -- became more of a factor.

She ended up with 10 aces and an impressive 76% points won on first serve.

The crowd wanted a third set and when Venus won a 24-shot rally to get to 15-30 on the Serena serve at 5-4, it may have been coming. Venus though made a pair of unforced errors before Serena forced an error on match point.

She sunk to the ground, before the long embrace. Despite the loss, Venus said she'd walk away from Melbourne with fond memories.

"Ready to kill it this year," she said. "That's my goal."

Later near the locker room Serena exchanged hugs with her team and fiance Ohanian, the Reddit co-founder. One wondered if parents Oracene Price and Richard Williams -- so instrumental in their daughters' careers -- watched back home in the US.

Their daughters were in another grand slam final, with Serena -- based on what happened in Melbourne -- playing some of her finest tennis.