Serena Williams Makes History and Wins Her 23rd Grand Slam Title
01.29 / Fitness
Serena Williams' track record speaks for itself. Without argument, she's easily one of history's greatest female tennis players and now she's made it official. By defeating her sister Venus Williams in the Australian Open final, she won her 23rd major title — which eclipsed the record shared with Steffi Graf.
Despite some frustrations, Serena bounced back strong and won her 7th Australian Open title. She said of her victory, "My first Grand Slam started here and getting to 23 here, but playing Venus, it's stuff that legends are made of. I couldn't have written a better story".
She's still one Grand Slam championship away from the all-time leader, Margaret Court, but there's no doubt she's in touching distance of this record. This Grand Slam win allowed Serena to regain the world No.1 ranking.
Among the many who congratulated her on her historic win was NBA legend Michael Jordan. Jordan wrote Serena a letter and gifted her a pair of shoes -- one in Chicago Bulls' red and black and the other in pink. Her sister also made a touching speech after her win. "Serena Williams ... that's my little sister, guys. Congratulations, Serena, on No. 23. I have been right there with you ... Your win has always been my win. I think you know that I'm enormously proud of you. You mean the world to me."