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Serena eclipses Graf with victory over Venus

Australian Open: Serena Williams became the most successful female tennis player in the modern game with victory over her older sister Venus.

The US second seed eclipsed Steffi Graf’s 22 slam titles and also regained the world No 1 ranking which she lost last September to Graf’s fellow German Angelique Kerber.

Serena’s 6-4 6-4 victory was also a record seventh Australian Open triumph and she dedicated her victory to Venus.

“I would really like to take this moment to congratulate Venus. She is an amazing person,” Serena said.

“There is no way I would be at 23 without her. There is no way I would be at one without her.

“She is my inspiration; she is the only reason I am standing here today and the only reason that the Williams sisters exist.

“Thank you Venus for inspiring me to be the best player that I could be and inspire me to work hard. Every time you won this week I felt like I got a win too.”

Serena’s record:

* 23 grand slam singles titles (most of any player in the 49-year Open era, second all-time behind Australian Margaret Court)

* Seven Australian Open titles: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017 (most by any player in the Open era)

* Eight Australian Open finals (most by any woman in the Open era)

* 316 Grand Slam match wins (most by any player in the Open era)

* 81 Australian Open wins (most by any woman in the Open era)

* $85,461,761 (£68,088,882 million) career prize money (most in WTA history)



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