When the Williams sisters entered tennis, Venus Williams got off to the faster start over Serena Williams. But over time, Serena got the better resume, especially in Grand Slams. In the Australian Open this morning, Serena Williams added to his increasingly long list of major titles, winning her 10’th major in a win over Dinara Safina.
Any suspense in the Australian Open women’s final ended very quickly, in a first set which Safina was completely shut out. Williams then took care of the rest in the second set, winning 6-0, 6-3 in just about an hour.
The dominant first set alone only lasted 22 minutes, with Williams only losing a total of eight points. No Australian Open final has ended this quickly since Steffi Graf’s 1994 win over Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.
Serena Williams won her second trophy of the week at the Australian Open, after winning the doubles title with Venus. Serena now has a total of 33 singles titles, and 10 Grand Slams.
Williams continues a pattern of winning an Australian Open championship every two years, having won in 2003, 2005, 2007 and now 2009.
This level of dominance was expected from Serena Williams in 2002 and 2003, when she won the “Serena Slam” and held all four major title at the same time. But Williams slipped over the next few years, and looked to be out of major contention altogether.
But it was the Australian Open that changed all that two years ago. Williams came in unranked and 81’st in the world, and still won the championship. From then on in, Williams became a dominant force once again.
The Australian Open is her second straight Grand Slam, after winning the U.S. Open last year. Now, there is still a chance that Williams can get a second “Serena Slam” by winning the French Open and Wimbledon. Williams has won one previous French Open and two Wimbledon titles.
While Williams gets all the attention after another major, Dinara Safina becomes a footnote. The third seeded Russian still hasn’t won a set in a Grand Slam final, having lost in straight sets to Ana Ivanovic in last year’s French Open title match.
Even fans of Williams will be hoping for a better, less lopsided match in the men’s final, which is the latest chapter in Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s rivalry.
Herald Sun- “Serena Williams eyes slam after lopsided women’s final” www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,24991499-11088,00.html
Reuters- “FACTBOX: Australian Open champion Serena Williams” www.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idUSTRE50U0ZX20090131