Saturday sports: serena Williams wins the Australian open.

MELBOURNE, VIC - JANUARY 28: Serena Williams of the United States of America returns the ball during the Womens Singles Final of the 2017 Australian Open on January 28, 2017, at Melbourne Park Tennis Centre in Melbourne, Australia.(Photo by Jason Heidrich/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Saturday sports: serena Williams wins the Australian open.

Scott Simon, host:

Finally, time for exercise.

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Simone: serena has won her seventh Australian open, 6-4 6-4, in Melbourne today, her 23rd grand slam singles champion. She defeated Venus Williams, and Venice itself was great. We’re now joined by Howard Bryant of Howard, thank you for being with us.

HOWARD BRYANT: how are you, Scott?

Simon: I’m fine. How was the game?

Brett: that was a regular game, just because serena was so good. It’s so powerful. It’s so hard to see the two guys playing with each other. Anyone who has seen serena knows she is the flame of the game. But she was going up with her sister, and the people who looked at Venus knew about the fire. So they don’t want to show each other. When they attack each other, you see that anxiety and anxiety, because they really don’t want to do that, but of course, when there’s a trophy on the line, they’re all competitors, ok. Serena: that’s great. It’s almost the bottom line, just like she and almost everyone else. Venus fight, they fight, they really show how many revolutions they have brought to this movement. But at the end of the day, it’s time to cross the line. That’s serena.

SIMON: Deen, Uloom, Manning or Ryszard brothers, Reggie and Cheryl Miller, vitaly and vladimir klitschko – there are no other brothers and sisters in the Williams sisters, there?

BRYANT: no, they’re the best. They are – I think they are the greatest athletes in modern sports history. I would despise anyone trying to top it. How can you? Whether it’s a total number of championships or a tradition. I think in our business, we use this word very badly. When I see the game today, I saw maria sharapova, dominique JiBuEr Eva, Petra – branch Vito baby, Madison – case and the tradition of all these power players.

If you go back and look at Chris Evert and Martina Hingis and some other players, they’re going to completely disrupt the game. You can’t come across the way that Chris Everett and martina are playing with those people, because serena and Venus have turned the game into a game of thrones. When you watch them play today – that’s what I really see. You see the tradition of being a power player in order to compete at the top level. And it was an amazing sight. This is something to think about – something else. They switched jobs 22 and 23 years ago, and they’re still at the top of the game.

Simon: about thirty seconds left. I know men play this year, right?

BRYANT: yes, it is – it’s a grand slam. You’re 30 years old – Venus and serena. Now you have Roger federer, 35, and rafael nadal, 30, two – probably the best two tennis players. I can’t wait. I’ll see it at 3:00 in the morning, and nadal on Roger’s 23-11. He wanted his fifteenth and Roger wanted his eighteenth. Something will be given. Trust me – this is a duel that everyone doesn’t think we’ll see again, and we’ll get it tonight.

Simon: yeah, yeah. It’s like coming out of a dream – isn’t it? – these two finals.

BRYANT: that’s great.

Simon: Howard Bryant of, thank you so much for being with us.

BRYANT: thank you.

Simon: we’re going to talk more about Williams and his impact on sports on Sunday at the end of the week.

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Serena Williams beat her sister Venus to win the 23rd grand slam title.

Serena Williams won the Australian women’s singles final in Melbourne on Saturday.

Tennis star serena Williams won her record 23 grand slam singles title at the Australian open on Saturday in her sister Venus.

In the open era, which opened in 1968, the victory made serena the head of the major tennis championship.

This is serena’s seventh Australian open victory, beating her sister 6-4 6-4. She now returns to first place in September after losing her position as Angelique Kerber.

Although the two sisters were smiling and complimenting each other during the post-match ceremony at the roald laver arena in Melbourne.

“Without her, I couldn’t have been 23,” said serena, 35. “Thanks to Venus for encouraging me to be the best player.”

“Serena Williams, that’s my little sister,” said Venus. “Your victory has always been my victory.”

The last time the two sisters faced the Australian open in 2003, it led to a victory for serena Williams. She now has a 17-11 Venus record, including a 10-5 grand slam, according to the Associated Press.

The 71-year-old sisters form the oldest women’s grand slam final. Venus, 36, is the oldest grand slam finalist in 23 years.

“I really improved my game,” selena told ESPN later, adding that she still thought she was at the peak of her career. She added: “I really want to get to 23 so bad, beyond your imagination.

The Australian open continues and Roger federer will face Rafael Nadal in the men’s final on Sunday.


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