Serena Williams Australian Open Makes History 2017
Serena sets Open era record with 23rd Slam title
By defeating her sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the Australian Open final Saturday, Serena Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title, breaking the Open era record she held with Steffi Graf.
Tennis-Australian Open winner Serena Williams
MELBOURNE, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Factbox on American Serena Williams, who beat sister Venus in the final of the Australian Open on Saturday:
Born in Michigan on Sept. 26, 1981. (Age 35)
GRAND SLAM CAREER: 23 wins – Australian Open (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017); French Open (2002, 2013, 2015); Wimbledon (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016); U.S. Open (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)
* Williams’s seventh Australian Open title on Saturday put her ahead of Germany’s Steffi Graf with the most grand slam singles titles in the open era. Australia’s Margaret Court won 24 but the majority came in the amateur era.
* She is one of five women, after Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf, to hold all four grand slam titles at the same time.
* Williams also owns 14 women’s grand slam doubles titles with older sister Venus and has won four Olympic gold medals: singles (2012), doubles (2000, 2008, 2012).