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Australian Open 2017, Final: Serena Williams Beats Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 to Clinch 23rd Grand Slam Title

News18.com | January 28, 2017, 4:59 PM IST
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History beckons for Serena Williams at the Australian Open on Saturday as she targets a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title — with her sister, Venus, standing in the way.

It will be the 29th major final for Serena since making her Grand Slam debut in Australia in 1998, and she powered through to the decider without dropping a set.

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It's all over at the Rod Laver Arena as Serena finishes off in style to take the second set 6-4, winning her 23rd Grand Slam title.

Jan 28, 2017 3:29 pm (IST)

What a rally between the two superstars. Venus' shot just lands on the line and Serena had to adjust her shot and makes an unforced error. Venus leads 30-15 off Serena's serve. However Serena wins a fierce backhand point to make it 30-30.

Jan 28, 2017 3:24 pm (IST)

Venus holds her serve to make it 5-4 in the second set. The elder sister is simply delaying the inevitable as Serena will now serve for the historic title in Melbourne.

Jan 28, 2017 3:21 pm (IST)

Serena holds her serve to make it 5-3 in the second set. Serena is just one game away from clinching the historic title.

Jan 28, 2017 3:20 pm (IST)
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Serve Broken: Serena take hold of the final by the scruff of its neck as she breaks Venus' serve to take a 4-3 lead into the set. The younger sister closing in on history.

Jan 28, 2017 3:17 pm (IST)

In the next point, Serena's backhand pickup fails to cross the net and the chair umpire screams deuce. Venus is giving it her all in the second set.

Jan 28, 2017 3:16 pm (IST)

Another ace from Venus Williams to equal the game at 30-30. The next point was even better. A brilliant rally between the two sisters and in the end the point was decided by an unforced error by Venus. Serena leads 40-30 off the serve of Venus.

Jan 28, 2017 3:13 pm (IST)
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The second set remains on serve as Serena now manages to hold her serve. 3-3 with Venus to serve now.

Jan 28, 2017 3:09 pm (IST)

The good thing about the second set is that both sister are managing to hold on to their respective serves. Venus now hits a fierce ace to take a 3-2 lead in the second set. Awesome stuff this!

Jan 28, 2017 3:07 pm (IST)
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This unforced error will hurt Venus. The elder sister had Serena on the ropes and she had the golder opportunity to make it 40-40, but her forehand drive again hits the net and Serena makes it 2-2 in the second set.

Jan 28, 2017 3:05 pm (IST)

Serena leads 40-30 off her serve now as Venus' cross court return hits the net. 

Jan 28, 2017 3:03 pm (IST)
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Brilliant comeback from Venus as after being 0-40 down, she has managed to hold her serve to take a slender 2-1 lead in the second set. It's like a Tom and Jerry fight out there! Serena to serve now.

Jan 28, 2017 3:01 pm (IST)

Venus dug deep and managed to win three consecutive points as the umpire screams Deuce. Now a brilliant cross court shot to win the advantage off her serve.

Jan 28, 2017 2:59 pm (IST)

Venus is looking short on confidence at the moment as she is making a few unforced errors that is helping Serena consolidate. 3 break points for Serena in the third game of the second set.

Jan 28, 2017 2:57 pm (IST)

Serena hits back in the only fashion that she know - winning the next game to make it 1-1 in the second set.

Jan 28, 2017 2:55 pm (IST)
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Australian Open 2017, Final: Serena Williams Beats Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 to Clinch 23rd Grand Slam Title
Serena Williams reacts after winning the final against Venus Williams. (Getty Images)

Much less predictably, her elder sister will be on the other side of the net, searching for her first Grand Slam crown in nine long years since Wimbledon in 2008.

A seventh Melbourne triumph for Serena will finally push her past Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 major titles, with only Margaret Court's all-time mark of 24 still to beat.

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