SERENA WILLIAMS WINS AUSTRALIAN OPEN TO EARN 23RD GRAND SLAM

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In defeating her sister in the finals of the Australian Open for her seventh AO title, Serena Williams made history. Not only did she become the oldest player to win a Major title at the age of 35, but she also now holds the record for 23 grand slams in the Open Era.  (Margaret Court holds the all-time record of 24). In the run up to the 23rd grad slam, Williams was asked to talk about making history. She told ESPN:

“I don’t like to talk numbers during a tournament when I’m trying to come through a big milestone, it just hadn’t worked well for me in the past. I’m like ‘no more numbers, just let me play and do what I do best.’ Now we can talk about it. It’s pretty awesome. It really is. I really wanted it. I really wanted to get to 23 so bad, more than you can ever imagine, and I kept telling myself ‘it’s ok, Serena, you got 22. It’s not bad, really.’ But I still wanted to get to that 23. I really can’t believe it.”