No illness could stop world No.1 Serena Williams in beating Maria Sharapova for the sixteenth straight time in their careers to win her 19th Grand Slam title and sixth at the Australian Open.
From the onset Serena established her dominance, breaking Sharapova in the first game and then extending the lead in the seventh game to 5-2, shortly after a brief rain interruption and a big coughing fit that scared her fans. And even though Sharapova put one break of Serena’s serve in her stats, in the eighth game, helped by Serena’s two double faults, Serena answered with a love hold and basically stormed through the first set 6-3. At that moment it confirmed how big of a favorite Serena was, since she was 16-0 in Grand Slam finals when winning the first set. Not a good stat for Sharapova, who was battling her 2-16 head-to-head record against Serena.
Serena opened the second set with three aces and a bomb forehand and even though the following game was a gutsy hold by Sharapova, Serena served another love hold and never gave the momentum to Sharapova, although it was a solid set by both ladies and Sharapova even fought off two championship points, one in the tenth game for 5-5 and one in the tiebreak. Serena’s serve was on throughout the match and nothing could stop her en route to her 6-3 7-6(5) win. Note that this is Serena’s 100th victory over a Top 5 player!
When it comes to the WTA fashion, in my opinion, Serena is the winner of the tournament as well, having the most talked about outfit that refreshed the tournament. However, Sharapova beat Serena in our Australian Open fashion poll! Not much of a consolation for Masha, but still. Serena vibrant outfit is the Nike Spring Slam Tunic and it is planned to go with the Nike Spring Slam Printed Shortie. (photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images)