Saturday, January 31, 2009

Tenth Grand Slam for Serena

Serena Williams hugs her Australian Open trophy

Three times Australian Open champion Serena Williams won her 10th grand slam title with a comfortable 6-0 6-3 victory against Russian third seed Dinara Safina in the Australian Open final. Serena also returns to the world number one spot in the rankings and completed her odd-year titles following the 2003, 2005, and 2007 successes at Melbourne Park.

The usually hot Safina, playing in her second grand slam final and first in Melbourne, struggled with her serve and created five double faults and 21 unforced errors, while Serena did not serve any double fault and made only 7 unforced errors. Serena easily took the first set 6-0 in just 22 minutes.

Safina strived harder in the second set but Serena, still too superior to beat, closed the match 6-3 in 37 minutes. A dramatic ending happened when Safina's forehand crossed the net yet fell out of the line. Serena smiled in relief and then celebrated her victory.

Serena poses in front of the Melbourne text

In the men's doubles, the American twins Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 to grab the title.

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