The match was exciting, breath –taken, brilliant and exceeded many expectations bearing in mind the two players head-to-head record. Maria Sharapova, world number two, have lost to Serena Williams 16 times in a row dating back to 2004. Tennis pundit had expected it to be easy for Serena but it was not so.
“I have to congratulate Maria, she played a wonderful match and she really pushed me…She played so well and gave me a great final not only for the fans, but for women’s tennis. I’m really honoured to play her in the final” Williams said after the game.
It was a straight two set win for Williams. She played at her best. Though she felt unwell, going out to vomit some time in the first set, she hit 18 aces and 38 winners in the first set. Brilliant ! However, Sharapova fought back in the second set making it difficult for Williams who however sealed the game with an ace. The game ended 6-3 7-6 (7-5).
With this win, Williams is now above Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert with 19th grand slam single title. She is just below Steffi Graf who has 22 grand slam single titles in her coffers. Can Serena William catch up with Steffi ? It is unsure but she looks now like she is unstoppable. If she continues this way, no one can stop her.
This win makes it the 6th Australian Open grand slam winners for Williams.
|Serena’s Grand Slam victories|
|Australian Open||6||2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015|
|French Open||2||2002, 2013|
|Wimbledon||5||2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012|
|US Open||6||1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|65||1st serve %||58|
|84||1st serve win %||67|
|38||2nd serve win %||47|