Federer and Williams earn huge wins in Australian Open

Sabrina Stevens, staff writer

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Roger Federer and Serena Williams took part in the Australian Open, a worldwide tennis tournament, from Jan. 16-29 in Melbourne Park.

Federer, 35, is a tennis player from Bottmingen, Switzerland. Williams, 35, is from Saginaw, Michigan.

In this tournament, Federer took home his 18th Grand Slam title, and Williams won her 23rd. Federer maintained his position for holding the most Grand Slam titles. Williams passed German player Steffi Graf and is now holding second in the number of most Grand Slams, according to totalSPORTEK, a sports blog that reports statistics and the business side of the sports industry.

Federer’s win was unexpected for most. He had not played in a tournament in over six months because of an injury, and he had not defeated Rafael Nadal since the Wimbledon tournament in 2007. He hurt his knee “playing dad,” according to the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN), a multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company based in Bristol, Connecticut.

Williams won 6-4, 6-4 against her sister, Venus Williams, the oldest Australian Open finalist, gaining her seventh win in the Australian Open. Even though Serena beat her sister, she still dedicated her victory speech to her.

“I really would like to take this moment to congratulate Venus,” Williams said. “She’s an amazing person. There’s no way I would be at 23 without her.”

Williams is only one Grand Slam title behind the current reigning women’s leader, Australian Margaret Court, who is now retired as a tennis player. Court believes Williams will pass her 24 titles.

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