So even though Serena Williams refused to entertain questions during the tournament about the possibility of winning her 23rd Grand Slam singles title and breaking her tie for the Open-era record with Steffi Graf, there was no dodging that number in her own head.
Now, after a 6-4, 6-4 victory over her sister, she can celebrate No. 23 .
“I’ve been chasing it for a really long time,” Williams said. “When it got on my radar, I knew I had an opportunity to get there, and I’m here. It’s a great feeling. No better place to do it than Melbourne.”
Speaking directly to her sister, she said:
“Congratulations Serena on No. 23. I have been there right with you. Some of them I lost right there against you. I guess that’s weird, but it’s been an awesome thing. Your win has always been my win. I think you know that. And all the time I couldn’t be there, wouldn’t be there, didn’t get there, you were there. I’m enormously proud of you. You mean the world to me.”
But there’s still work to be done. Serena is still one title short of Margaret Court’s career record of 24 major singles titles. And Serena has never won the coveted Golden Slam — all 4 major titles in one year (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open). That record is still held by Graf.
CONGRATS TO SERENA WILLIAMS !!!
Source: NY Times, Sandrarose