First Ranked Serena Williams beat second-ranked Maria Sharapova 6-3 7-6 (5) in the Australian Open final to move into sole possession of second place in grand slams won in the Open Era behind Steffi Graf’s 22.
“I would love to get to 22,” Williams told reporters. “But I have to get to 20 first and then I have to get to 21. There’s so many wonderful young players coming up, so it will be a very big task.”
The American defeated her Russian rival for the 16th straight time, although Sharapova ensured it was a gripping contest from start to finish.
“I also started serving better in the second set because I knew if I wasn’t having my ground strokes where I wanted them to be, I knew I could serve it out,” Williams said.