Serena WIlliams wins Australian Open, 19th Grand Slam
Sharapova played her best game. She only had 15 unforced errors – the same total she had in earlier matches, against easier opponents. Against Williams, it proved too many.
Serving made the biggest difference in the match, with Williams hitting 18 aces to Sharapova's five. Sharapova held off two match points before Williams clinched the win.
In doing so, she became the oldest Grand Slam champion in the Open Era. She is 33 years old, and moved ahead of Maria Navritolova and Chris Evert on the all-time win's list.
"Standing here with 19 championships is something I never thought would happen. I went on the courts with just a ball, a racket, and a hope. That's all I had. Never give up. You never know what's going to happen."
The only accomplishment missing from Williams's resume is a Grand Slam – that is, winning all four of the Grand Slam events in the same year. If she wins the remaining three this year, it'll bring her even with Steffi Graf on the all-time wins list.
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