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Serena Scores Slam #19

Serena Williams

The 2015 Australian Open Ladies’ singles final brought the No. 1 seed against the No. 2 seed. This was the 19th time Serena Williams faced Maria Sharapova. Adding today’s outcome, Williams has beaten Sharapova 16 straight times.

Serena Williams broke in the first game. After a short rain delay, the roof was closed at Rod Laver Arena. Serena then came out and won six straight points, grabbing a second break for 5-2. Sharapova got one of the breaks back, but Serena broke back to win the first set 6-3.

In the second set, both Serena and Maria held their respective service games — no breaks of serve. Serena had an opportunity to finish the match with Maria serving at 4-5, 30-40. On the first championship point, Maria hit a forehand down-the-line winner, and held her service game.

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It was a tightly contested tiebreak. Serena had a 6-4 lead, and Maria fought off a second championship point with a huge forehand down-the-line winner. Serena then had the match on her racquet. Serving on championship point No. 3, Serena’s first serve was called a let. She composed herself, then fired down an ace to win the match 6-3, 7-6(5). An outstanding statistic for Serena was her serve, including 18 aces.

Serena Williams made history by winning her 19th Grand Slam title, moving her into second place in the Open Era. This was also her sixth Australian Open victory.

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Margaret McAleer is a Tennis Frontier Correspondent.
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