Serena Williams Beats Venus at Australian Open to Win Record 23rd Major, Calls Sister Her “Inspiration”

Tennis stars Serena Williams and Venus Williams exchanged a sweet embrace after the former beat the latter at the 2017 Australian Open Saturday in what marked the latest match in their more than 15-year professional sibling rivalry.

Serena’s Women’s Singles finals match victory, with a score of 6-4 6-4, marks her seventh Australian Open title and a record 23rd grand slam title. She broke the tie she had with Steffi Graf for most major titles in the professional era. Serena also broke a record she set at Wimbledon in 2016 to becomes the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open era.

Venus Williams, Serena Williams

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After the match, Serena and Venus appeared emotional as they paid tribute to each other in a ceremony held on the tennis court.

“She’s an amazing person, there’s no way I would be at 23 without her,” Serena said, cradling the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup. “There’s no way I would have anything without her. She’s my inspiration. She’s the only reason I’m standing here today and the only reason that the Williams sisters exist.”

“Congratulations, Serena, on No. 23,” Venus said. “I have been right there with you. Some of them I have lost right there against you. Your win has always been my win, you know that. All the times I couldn’t be there, wouldn’t be there, didn’t get there, you were there.”

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