Serena Williams posts her 16th straight win over Maria Sharapova on January 31 at Melbourne Park on her way to claiming her sixth Australian Open women singles title and 19 Grand Slam titles overall.
Serena pounced on Sharapova and defeated the Russians in straight sets 6-3, 7-5, a victory that puts her into a tie with fellow American tennis star Helen Wills Moody for third spot in the all-time list of the most number of Grand Slam titles, details Yahoo! Sports.
She is now just trailing Germany’ Steffi Graf with 22 Grand Slam titles and Australia’s Margaret Court who has piled 24 titles in the Open era.
At 33 years of age, it would seem that Serena still has plenty of tennis mileage ahead of her and many believe that she could possibly break the record for the most number of Grand Slam singles titles if she continues to remain healthy and play the same level of tennis she has been playing lately.
Honored with the latest Grand Slam title
In her acceptance speech during the ensuing trophy presentation, Serena said that she was quite honored to hold her 19th Grand Slam trophy at Melbourne Park because it was something that she thought would never happen.
She said that she just played her game and went to the courts with a ball and a racquet in her hand.
The last time that Serena Williams lost to Maria Sharapova was almost 11 years ago during the 2004 WTA Finals. It was to be her last lost to the Russian since as Serena strung up 15 consecutive victories over Sharapova from then on. And she most certainly does not want to let her streak end during the Australian Open finals for the women’s singles title.
Williams dominated the match from the get go, breaking the Russian’s serve on the first game. The match was momentarily halted when rain came that necessitated the closing of the roof of the court that took about 12 minutes. Serena was already leading 5-2 in the first set when the game was stopped.
Serena closed out the first set when she broke Maria for the third time. Sharapova tried to bounce back on the second set and the match even went on to a tiebreak. Serena’s terrific serving however scuttled Maria’s plan to make it to a deciding third set. In fact, Serena sealed the match with her 18th ace.
Sharapova was all praises for Serena for creating history and also for playing her best tennis during her speech at the trophy presentation. She said that she has not beaten Serena for a long while but she is always excited to face her on court because Serena is the best, and as true tennis player, she always likes to play with the best.