Serena Williams Venus Williams

Serena Williams‘s seemingly easy straight set victory (6-4, 6-4) over big sister Venus Williams at the Australian Open gave her back her No. 1 ranking.

But most importantly, the Australian Open title gives Serena 23 Grand Slam singles titles — breaking a tie with Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open-era.

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Serena Williams

It took 3 grueling sets but Serena Williams defeated Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1 to win her 5th U.S. Open title, and her 17th Grand Slam singles title overall.

“Vika’s such a great opponent; she’s such a fighter,” a relieved Williams said after the match. “It was never over until match point.”

Azarenka was gracious in her defeat. After the match, Azarenka and Williams embraced. “I did everything I could,” Azarenka said. “I fought as hard as I could. But I lost to a great champion.”

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Serena Williams Patrick Mouratoglou

Tennis superstar Serena Williams, 31, and her boyfriend/coach Patrick Mouratoglou, 42, went on a shopping spree in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday. Despite being spotted kissing and canoodling recently, Williams denies having a romantic interest in her coach of 7 months.

Williams and her rumored boyfriend were spotted shopping in Melbourne days after she was ousted from the quarter finals of the Australian Open by a young upstart named Sloane Stephens, 19.

Williams suffered back spasms and a sprained right ankle during her crushing defeat after dropping 2 sets: 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to the no-name tennis player. Stephens went on to lose in straight sets 1-6, 4-6 to Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals of the Australian Open.

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