Serena Is Oldest Champ at Australian Open in Modern Era
33-year-old Williams beats Maria Sharapova
Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title today, continuing her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extending her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a commanding 6-3, 7-6 (5) win. Williams, coughing frequently and still affected by a recent cold, controlled the first set around a rain delay in the sixth game, when the match was stopped for 13 minutes for the roof to be closed. Top-ranked Williams returned from the break and fired an ace to start a run of six straight points. She was broken while serving for the set but broke Sharapova for a third time to clinch it.
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