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Serena Williams Wins The Australian Open,Captures 12th Grand Slam Title

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Serena Williams made history by capturing her 5th Australian Open Championship today, as she defeated challenger Justine Henin for the women’s single Final match on day 13 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia.

Williams extended her stunning record in grand slam finals to 12-3 with a 6-4 3-6 6-2 win over Henin, playing only her second tournament since ending a 20-month retirement.

This win also ties her with legendary champion Billie Jean King for winning an equal amount of grand slam championships throughout her career, which is 12 so far, putting the two of them in 6th place, behind champion Margaret Court’s 24 championships.

Serena stated to the media…“I feel really special that I was able to tie Billie Jean King,” Williams told reporters. “Because in my heart of hearts, I’ve been going for it and I haven’t been able to quite achieve it. Billie Jean is a really big mentor of mine.”

Venus and Serena won their 11th grand slam doubles championship and their fourth at Melbourne Park , and also preserved their perfect record in grand slam finals.

Both legends Billie Jean KIng and Margaret Smith Court were on hand to celebrate this historic achievement with Serena Williams.

Congratulations Serena…you are truly tennis royalty, and a personal hero of mine!!!…we love you!!!

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Sources-

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-sport/tennis-royalty-on-hand-to-see-serena-win-20100131-n5uf.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601079&sid=av46ofK23HYI

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4872063&name=espntennis

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