Serena Williams Wins Australian Open

Serena Williams wins the Australian Open for her 19th major title

Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title and continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals by extending her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova. She struggled with a hacking cough, she was sick, and she celebrated too early, but she held her composure in a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory Saturday.

On her third match point, she let her racket go before hearing a let call to what she thought was an ace. 

“I thought, ‘Wow, this is it, I did it,’ only to hear let. I was like, ‘OK Serena!’” she said. “I was very disappointed, because Maria was playing so well. I thought she’s going to try to hit a winner now. She goes for broke on match point.”

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