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Venus Williams - Serena Williams
Australian Open women - 28 January 2017

Australian Open – Follow the Tennis match between Venus Williams and Serena Williams live with Eurosport. The match starts at 16:30 on 28 January 2017. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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See the speech given by Serena Williams after she defeated sister Venus in the final of the Australian Open.

 

See the moment Serena Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title

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Serena Williams: "I'd like to congratulate Venus.... There's no way I'd have 23 without her... there's no way I'd have one without her..."

Serena Williams
 

Venus Williams: "Congratulations Serena on No.23. I've been right there with you, some of them I have lost to you.... That's a little weird, but it's true!"

Serena Williams of the US (R) hugs Venus Williams of the US after winning the women's singles final
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Impressive.

 

Serena is also the oldest Grand Slam winner in the Open era at the age of 35.

 

Take a bow, Serena Williams.

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GAME, SET AND MATCH! - SERENA WILLIAMS 6-4 6-4 VENUS WILLIAMS. History for Serena! She surpasses Steffi Graf's Open-era record and clocks up Grand Slam title No.23 after just one hour and 23 minutes on court! Venus pushed her hard in the first set as the younger sister struggled to find her form to begin with. The 36-year-old No.13 seed was hoping for a maiden Aussie Open triumph and her first major in nine years but couldn't quite make enough impact to truly put her sibling under sustained pressure. Serena regains her world No.1 ranking and who would bet against her adding to her GS tally in the months ahead?

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SERENA SERVING FOR THE TITLE: It's 15-30 and huge roars of hope from the crowd as Venus comes out on top in a pulsating 24-shot rally - the longest of the match. Serena steadies herself despite some obvious nerves to make 30-30. Venus drills a forehand into the net and it's championship point at 40-30....

 

SERENA WILLIAMS 6-4 5-4 VENUS WILLIAMS. Real fight from Venus. The crowd roar in encouragement as she holds to 15. Serena will now serve for the championship and a historic 23rd Open-era Grand Slam title. No pressure.

 
 

SERENA WILLIAMS 6-4 5-3 VENUS WILLIAMS. Serena comes up with the goods when she needs them most. Huge, huge serving sees her land some devastating first serves and a 10th ace of the contest to consolidate to love. Venus serving to stay alive in the match now.

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BREAK! - SERENA WILLIAMS 6-4 4-3 VENUS WILLIAMS. Disappointment for Venus. She comes up with a big second serve to save BP after losing the longest rally of the match and then fends off a second. She looks to the heavens in anguish as Serena gets a third and is finally undone by a brutal crosscourt return winner. That could well be a key moment in the match. Slam title No.23 is tantalisingly close for the No.2 seed now.

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SERENA WILLIAMS 6-4 3-3 VENUS WILLIAMS. In contrast to the start to the first set, we've had no breaks so far in the second as Serena cruises to a hold for the loss of just one point.

 
Venus et Serena Williams au début de leur finale à l'Open d'Australie
 

SERENA WILLIAMS 6-4 2-3 VENUS WILLIAMS. Venus giving it a real go and if Serena continues to have her off moments, she's got a chance. The older sister produces some supreme serving to hold to 15 and keep her nose in front.

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SERENA WILLIAMS 6-4 2-2 VENUS WILLIAMS. Serena continues to play like Jekyll and Hyde as an imperious position turns into one of concern at 40-30. A weak shot lines it up for Venus to force deuce, but the No.13 seed slaps her attempt up the line into the net. All square.

 

SERENA WILLIAMS 6-4 1-2 VENUS WILLIAMS. So good from Venus! She looked in all sorts of trouble at 0-40 but summoned real spirit and fed upon her desire to keep her dream alive, to roar back and take the game from deuce. Huge cheers from the crowd. No doubt which sister the majority are behind.

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Lots of respect between the sisters.

 

SERENA WILLIAMS 6-4 1-1 VENUS WILLIAMS. A fist pump from Serena as a big first serve sees her through to 30 after Venus had made a 40-0 procession more interesting.

 

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SERENA WILLIAMS 6-4 0-1 VENUS WILLIAMS. An important hold for Venus. She gets the second set off to a solid start and has the scoreboard advantage.

 
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SET! - SERENA WILLIAMS 6-4 VENUS WILLIAMS. The 22-Grand Slam champion moves within a set of a record haul in the Open era as she produces her best service game of the match to serve out to love. It's been 41 minutes of intriguing tennis. The world No.2 has been up and down while Venus has fought doggedly. Can the older sister hit back or will Serena take a firm grip of the proceedings from here?

 

Gorgeous Venus forehand catches the line

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SERENA WILLIAMS 5-4 VENUS WILLIAMS. Some huge serving keeps Venus competitive as she holds to 30. Serena with a chance to serve it out now. Will the wobbles return or can she find timely rhythm on what many have dubbed the 'best serve ever' in the women's game?

 
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SERENA WILLIAMS 5-3 VENUS WILLIAMS. Serena consolidates after Venus had suggested she was about to cause her little sis more problems. The No.13 seed blasts long at 0-30 and from there Serena takes charge. A fifth ace and a venomous crosscourt winner off the forehand move her to within one game of the opening set.

 
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BREAK! - SERENA WILLIAMS 4-3 VENUS WILLIAMS. A backhand winner down the line takes the game to 30 in style as Serena suddenly switches it up a gear to move a break ahead.

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Brilliant.

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SERENA WILLIAMS 3-3 VENUS WILLIAMS. Serena continues to misfire but somehow does enough from 0-30 down as Venus fizzes an attempted winner long and a return just wide.

 

SERENA WILLIAMS 2-3 VENUS WILLIAMS. We have a HOLD! After some high-octane, lengthy games of powerhouse tennis, Venus breezes to a comfortable hold.

 

Serena smashes racket as final against Venus hots up

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Intriguing stuff so far, that's for sure.

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BREAK! - SERENA WILLIAMS 2-2 VENUS WILLIAMS. Wow. Serena's serve is way off. She seems in complete control at 30-0 but two exquisite returns from her sister create some doubt. The serve wobbles and a trio of double faults prove costly. That's four breaks in a row now. Signs there that Serena is very wary of Venus' threat when her first serves don't land in.

 

VIDEO: Serena hits superb passing shot as she breaks in first game

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BREAK! - SERENA WILLIAMS 2-1 VENUS WILLIAMS. A 'cracking' game in more ways than one. Venus saves BP as they battle away at deuce once more. An unfortunate slip sees Serena lose a point and she surprisingly gives her racket the treatment. Venus battles hard but some cheap errors prove costly as Serena secures the third straight break of the match to regain the initiative.

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Indeed.

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BREAK! - SERENA WILLIAMS 1-1 VENUS WILLIAMS. Venus bites back! It's looming ominous at 30-0 but she battles to 30-30 and then makes deuce. Serena is a heavy favourite, but that may allay fears this won't be ultra competitive. The pair trade blows from the baseline with Venus snaring the break back when Serena blasts long.

 

Everyone's watching.

 
Serena Williams of the US (R) and Venus Williams of the US pose for photographs
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Compulsive viewing.

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BREAK! - SERENA WILLIAMS 1-0 VENUS WILLIAMS. Ouch. Serena rampages out of the traps and leaves her sister shaking her head at 0-30. A thumping ace gets the crowd involved but Serena responds with a magnificent return winner and some astute guess work to reach a smash and ease a crosscourt pass onto the line.

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Here we go, Venus will serve first...

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The players received an incredible reception as they took to the Rod Laver Arena court. The warm-up is well underway and the 2017 final is just minutes from starting.

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In contrast, Serena Williams outclassed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2 6-1 in her last four match.

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Venus came through a tough semi-final clash with compatriot, Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-3 to set up this all-Williams showdown for the title.

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Serena: "I am really proud of Venus - she is a total inspiration. I am really happy for her and to be in the final together is a dream for us. She is my toughest opponent, no-one has ever beaten me as much as Venus. I feel no matter what that we have both won after all we have been through. I know a Williams is going to win this tournament."

Venus et Serena Williams aux Jeux Olympiques de Rio
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Venus: "It is unbelievable to watch Serena play tennis - the way she hits the ball and the competitor she is. It would be a dream to see her on the opposite side of the net on Saturday."

Venus und Serena Williams
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A HEADLINE WRITER'S DREAM: Plenty of big lines and sub plots with this sibling contest, regardless who wins. Serena is, of course, attempting to win an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title and a sixth Australian Open crown. Venus is bidding for her eighth and first since Wimbledon in 2008. She has never won the Oz title. This is their first major final head-to-head since Wimbledon 2009 when Serena won in straight sets. And to cap it off, whoever triumphs will be the oldest Slam champion in history.

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Hello and welcome to LIVE game-by-game coverage of the 2017 Australian Open women's final between Serena Williams and Venus Williams. The sisters are due on Rod Laver Arena at 8.30am GMT. This is the ninth time they have faced off in a Grand Slam final.

Serena versus Venus Williams - Open d'Australie 2017