Serena Williams Made History By Exceeding Every Tennis Player

MAKER Serena Williams is as much of a force today as she's ever been. Of course she's held records before, but Saturday she made history by exceeding every tennis player — man or woman — to win a record 23 Grand Slam titles by winning the women's final at the Australian Open. She won the match against her older sister, Venus, and broke the tie between her and Steffi Graf's record 22 Glam Slam titles. She also regained her spot as the world's number one tennis player, after temporarily losing it to Karolina Pliskova at the U.S. Open semifinals last year.

The sisters have faced off against each other 28 times, according to USA Today and Serena has won 17 of those times. It's amazing to see that at the end of the day they're still as close as ever. After winning the match, Serena said, "Playing Venus, it's stuff that legends are made of. I couldn’t have written a better story. I just feel it was the right moment. Everything kind of happened. It hasn’t quite set in yet, but it’s really good." She thanked her sister and attributed the wins to her.

Now Serena has a new record to break. While she holds the most Grand Slam titles, Australian player Margaret Court has the overall record with 24 Grand Slam titles, though she won them before the Open-era.

For now, Serena is happy to be back in the top spot, ranked number one. After the match, she talked about asking her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, about her ranking. “In the beginning of the tournament, I was like, 'If I win, will I be No. 1?'" she asked. "[He] said 'No, no, no.' Today on the court...I was like, ‘Whoa, really?'" It turns out he didn't want to psych her out, so he told a little lie. “She trusts me, because I never lie unless it’s for her own good,” he said, “She’ll forget. Give me a few weeks and she won’t think about anymore. But, actually, I think she’s happy I did it now.”

Besides just smashing more tennis records, Serena has something else to look forward to — her wedding. She recently got engaged to Reddit Alexis Ohanian, who had a cute Twitter message for her:

Congrats on the record, Serena!

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