#AusOpen 2015 – Serena Williams wins her 19th Grand Slam title
Grit, strokes and drama accompanied the ladies final today in Melbourne Parks. It was their 17th encounter, with Williams winning the last 14. It was time for Sharapova to break the trend, but no matter how much she tried, and try she did, the Rod Laver Arena belonged to Serena Williams. The world Nr.1 took the first game of the first set after an unfortunate double fault from the 2nd seed, going into an early break lead. With fantastic angle shots, sharp returns and rocket serves, Serena took the first set 6-3 in just 47 minutes.
The second set was the fireworks of the match. It was aggression against elegance, power against style, courage against fear, class against drive. It was a volcanic display of outstanding serves on the American’s side, aces spewing down her racket like a smooth flow of lava against a defiant and bold attacking Maria Sharapova. Emotions were high, Mental toughness was called in play as nerves were tensed.
Sharapova defended a championship point and the game was back at 6-6. The crowd was roaring, the fans wanted more. They wanted blood, they wanted sweat. Tie-break. Serena is leading the tie 6:4. It was Championship point Nr. 2 , but Shazza was not letting go, not yet. A forehand winner brings the Russian back in, it is 6:5. Serena serves, drops her racket on the ground, ready to fall on her knees, but the heavens were not ready yet. Call for first serve, the ball hit the net, not an Ace. The American collected herself, throws the ball in the air, it connected to her racket, full force, over the net and Maria had no chance. It was an Ace. The game was over 7-5(7:5); But Williams knew not to be happy too soon, she hesitated, looked up at the umpire, waited for a confirmation, and then an explosion of joy. She screamed, she jumped, running over to her box, ready to go pick up her sixth Australian Open trophy and her 19th Major, just 3 shy away from Steffi Graf’s 22 all time best record.