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.