What a match-up! Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 and 7-5 in a dramatic showdown at the Australian Open final on Jan. 31. Congrats!
Serena Williams’ reign as the tennis world’s top seed continues! The 33-year-old fierce tennis competitor beat longtime rival Maria Sharapova, 27, at the 2015 Australian Open final in women’s singles. Even though she was sick, Serena managed to beat Maria 6-3, 7-6 and 7-5 for her 19th Grand Slam victory!
Serena Williams Wins Australian Open: Beats Maria Sharapova
Serena proved she was the top seed and world’s No. 1 at the Australian Open final in Melbourne.
It was a battle of two tennis queens. Maria only had 15 unforced errors throughout the entire match, according to Yahoo Sports. In the end, Maria was no match for Serena.
Serena was forced to deal with a brutal cough during the game and celebrated her inevitable win too early twice, ESPN reports.
“I had a really bad cough, I ended up throwing up, actually,” Serena said. “I’ve never done that before. I guess there’s a first time for anything. I think in a way that just helped me. I felt better after that.”
This marks Serena’s sixth Australian Open title and 19th Grand Slam. She is now the oldest winner of the Australian Open title winner. (Until she wins another one!)
“I’m so honored to be here and to hold this 19th trophy,” Serena said after the win. “I didn’t think it would happen this fast, to be honest, but it feels really good.”
The win is Serena’s biggest win since the U.S. Open in Sept. 2014. She ousted BFF Caroline Wozniacki for the victory!
Once again, congrats! We hope you feel better soon, Serena!
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— Avery Thompson