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TENNIS: Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova to take Australian Open title

Published:Saturday | January 31, 2015 | 1:24 AM
Serena Williams of the US holds the trophy after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia today. - AP

American Serena Williams served superbly to win a pulsating final 6-3 7-6 (7-5) beating Russia's Maria Sharapova to win her sixth Australian Open.



Williams, 33, moves past Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert with a 19th major singles title.



She has now beaten Russia's Sharapova, the world number two, 16 times in a row dating back to 2004.



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