Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title after beating Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 in the women’s singles final of the Australian Open in Melbourne on this past Saturday.
“I’m so honored to be here and to hold this 19th trophy,” Williams said. “I didn’t think it would happen this fast, to be honest, but it feels really good.”
According to the AP, Williams, 33, became the oldest winner of the Australian women’s title in the Open era and moved into second place behind Steffi Graff (22) on the list of major winners in the Open era.
“I would love to get to 22. I mean, 19 was very difficult to get to,” she said. “But I have to get to 20 first, and then I have to get to 21. It will be a very big task.”
In her victory speech, Williams said she never thought winning 19 championships would happen to her.
“I love you back,” she shouted to a fan in the audience before accepting the trophy on court. “In the end I was able to come through. I also have to congratulate Maria who really pushed me tonight. She gave us a great final. “Growing up I wasn’t the richest, but I had a rich family in spirit. Standing here with 19 championships is something I never thought would happen. I went on a court just with a ball and a racket and with a hope.”
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