MELBOURNE, Australia -- It was the family reunion tennis fans had patiently waited for. The Williams sisters, back at Rod Laver Arena, playing in a Grand Slam final with history on the line.
If only there didn't have to be a loser.
Serena and Venus are the best of what America's got. National treasures. #AusOpen— Darren Sands (@darrensands) January 28, 2017
The numbers crunch:
The title is Serena's 23rd Grand Slam, putting her on top of the all-time list in the Open era.
The 2017 Australian Open is the record-equaling sixth time Serena has won a Grand Slam without dropping a set.
Serena's 15th Grand Slam final victory in straight sets ties Margaret Court for second most of all time, one behind Helen Wills Moody.
No player has won more Australian Opens in the Open era than Serena (7).
Way to go, Serena!
As expected, congratulations for Serena flooded social media.
23! Serena Williams does it!— Chris McKendry (@ChrisMcKendry) January 28, 2017
Witnessed this. History maker 👏🐐 @serenawilliams— Kristina Mladenovic (@KikiMladenovic) January 28, 2017
Serena. 23rd Grand Slam. Greatest to ever do it. In any sport. 🐐🐐🐐🐐— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) January 28, 2017
History made!! #23 #legends— Daria Gavrilova (@Daria_gav) January 28, 2017
There were also a lot of tears shed during the heartfelt trophy presentation.
At least we have the Williams sisters to make us proud on a day where many of us are ashamed of what USA has begun to represent.— Nicole Gibbs (@Gibbsyyyy) January 28, 2017
But many people weren't too worried about the result; instead they enjoyed witnessing tennis' greatest siblings in action once more.
Venus vs Serena. I feel like I'm 8 years old. 😍😍😍— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) January 28, 2017
Serena and Venus I love you both. Barriers broken smashed and demolished, you represent us all Everytime and we forever love you. Thank you— Trey Songz (@TreySongz) January 28, 2017
Serena's record-breaking achievement has been commemorated by Wilson, which announced an exclusive, signed, limited-edition racket. All proceeds from the sale of the 23 rackets will go to The Serena Williams Fund.