Serena eclipses Graf with victory over 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.”
* 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)
* At 35 years and 125 days she extended her own record as the oldest woman to win a major in the Open era.
> Davis Cup: World number three Milos Raonic will not play for Canada in next week’s tie against Great Britain.
Raonic, 26, injured an abductor muscle in his defeat to Rafael Nadal in Melbourne. His withdrawal follows Andy Murray’s decision to take a break.
Canada will not have a top-100 singles player for the matches in Ottawa on 3-5 February.
Kyle Edmund, the world number 46, and Dan Evans (51st) will play singles for Great Britain, with Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot teaming up for the doubles.
The winners face France in the quarter-finals in April.
The 29-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the east London side who play at the former Olympic Stadium.
The switch represents a chance for the player to rebuild his career after he suffered a severe knee injury on the opening day of the 2014-15 season that kept him out of action for 16 months.
Tuesday is transfer deadline day.