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Serena Williams has won her 23rd Grand Slam title with a straight-sets win over sister Venus Williams in the final of the Australian Open.

This had not been a classic final by any means and it is a tribute to her that the occasions have been far greater in the recent Slams which have seen her lose.

"I guess I've been here before", Venus said after the loss.

"I feel motivated to continue, to continue to go out there and hit the ball the way I know I can", Venus said.

"It's such a great feeling to have 23. That's enough. The record is not the thing that makes her play". They were teenagers with braces on their teeth and braids in their hair and a clear sense that they were special, but no idea of just how far their talents and confidence would carry them.

The good news for Serena and Venus Williams is that one of them will enjoy perhaps the defining achievement of their careers Saturday in the Australian Open final. She also has seven at Wimbledon. It was 36-year-old, No. 13-seeded Venus Williams' first trip back to a major final in 7 1/2 years.

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Venus, who has had to cope with auto-immune disease Sjogren's syndrome in recent years, played down the suggestion she and Serena are the greatest sporting siblings of all time.

The men's doubles final will also take place on Saturday, following the conclusion of the women's final, and will be broadcast on the Tennis Channel, with a live stream also available via WatchESPN. Venus placed her arm around Serena for the habitual pre-match photo, but Serena kept both hands by her side. It was quite a riff. "Congratulations, Serena, on number 23".

"Thank you, Venus for inspiring me to be the best player that I could be. I'm enormously proud of you".

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The 35-year-old, who equalled Graf's mark of 22 at Wimbledon last year, now stands just one behind the all-time 24 won by Margaret Court, who was in the president's box to witness Williams' feat.


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