According to Reuters, American player Serena Williams defeated Belgium’s Justine Henin 6-4 3-6 6-2 Saturday to win the Australian Open. This is the fifth time, after a match of unrelenting tension, between the two best players of their generation.
At the beginning of the battle both players suffered from nerves but they still managed to provide the packed Melbourne Park center court crowd with some exquisite shot making and intense drama in their first grand slam final meeting.
For this battle, Williams wore a citrus-colored outfit, thumped down 12 aces and 32 winners while Henin provided a reminder of the form that saw her win seven grand slam titles, including the 2004 Australian Open, with 28 winners of her own.
Williams had also played with her sister Venus in the women’s doubles and won. Venus was wearing heavy bandages on both her legs but just when it seemed she was fading, she found a way to weather the storm.
The win gave Williams her 12th grand slam singles title and saw her join American Billie Jean King, who was watching from the Rod Laver Arena stands, in equal sixth place on the list of female grand slam singles champions.
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