The popular sisters, Venus and Serena Williams, were ready to take the tennis world by storm back in 1998.
However, few could predict the spectacular journey ahead of Serena and Venus Williams. Their journey went on for nearly two decades and brought them back to Melbourne, competing in their ninth Grand Slam final. Now, Serena is the most decorated player, male or female, in the Open era by beating her older sister 6-4, 6-4.
On Saturday’s match, Serena was trying to capture her record-breaking title, and Venus was attempting to raise a major trophy since 2008. It took until Serena’s fifth game to get her groove on her serve and rally to win the opener 6-4.
Coming off of a draining three-set win over CoCo Vandeweghe, Venus Williams held to open the second set and fought back at 1-1 to keep herself within striking distance. However, in the seventh game, Serena got the essential break to put herself closer to history. Still, Venus conceded nothing to her little sister, fighting to hold at 3-5 and remaining aggressive as Serena tried to serve for the set. Eventually, the little sister pulled through to win her 23rd major title.
Saturday’s title was the 10th major championship won over the age of 30 for Serena. For comparison, Steffi Graf won her final Grand Slam at the age of 29. The win also ensures that Serena will retake her spot at the top of the WTA rankings.
As Serena fell to the ground celebrating a lifelong goal, she knew she was far from the courts of Compton. But she wasn’t far from her best friend and support system that was there through it all.
Serena said there is no way she would be where she is today without her sister Venus. She’s the reason that the Williams sisters even exist.