The setting could not have been more perfect yesterday for the second seed, Serena Williams to clinch her historical 23rd Grand Slam Singles title, seventh Australian Open Singles title and return to the No. 1 position in Ladies tennis tomorrow.
What made it so perfect was that her opponent was none other than her role model, her reason for being there, her older sister, Venus, a seven-time Grand Slam champion herself.
We all know that Venus’ days of defeating her sister are a thing of the past, but all of us in the Rod Laver Arena were egging her on and despite some textbook unforced errors, the old Venus magic was still there as she matched Serena point for point and blasted some scintillating shots past her.
But Serena, the now more powerful and overall far more competitive of the two sisters, had the final say as she served out the match for a 6-4 6-4 win.
There were great tributes by both players after the match and it was certainly taken in by everyone in the Rod Laver Arena, as we all realised that it may be the very last time that we will see these two groundbreaking, record setting sisters battling out a Grand Slam Singles final.