UPDATED: Sunday, Jan. 29 12:10 PM EST
Serena Williams defeated her older sister, Venus, Saturday at the Australian Open, winning her 23rd Grand Slam singles title. The win returned her to No. 1 in the number of major tennis titles won during the Open era, which began in 1968, reports NPR.
The 6-4 6-4 victory against Venus returned Serena to the top spot after losing that ranking in September to Angelique Kerber, notes the report.
Williams, 35, “is the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open era, breaking her own record set last year,” reports The New York Times:
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Violence in Chicago is continuing to spiral out of control. According to reports, six people were shot on Wednesday during a memorial for an individual who lost her life to gun violence. The incident took place at a local restaurant in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood where several people were gathered to memorialize Jamayah Fields, a 20-year-old who was fatally shot on Monday. Local gang members reportedly heard about the vigil via social media and tried to target one of the attendees. Among the six people injured included a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the neck and a 12-year-old girl whose head was grazed by a bullet. According to a Chicago Police Department spokesman, there are no suspects in custody in relation to the shooting. FBI and Chicago police data reports Chicago had more shootings and homicides in 2016 than any other U.S. city. Read more.
Mayor Bill De Blasio Threatens To Sue Government Over Trump’s Immigration Reform
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Venus And Serena Williams To Face Off In Australian Open Final
Sisters Venus and Serena Williams will face off in the Grand Slam finals for the first time in eight years. On Saturday, the tennis powerhouses will battle for the Australian Open title. The match will mark the 15th time Venus and Serena have competed against each other in a Grand Slam. Making it to the Australian Open semifinals marks a major milestone for Venus. At 36, she has become the oldest woman to get to the semifinals. Venus is going after her first Australian Open Championship. “She’s my toughest opponent — nobody has ever beaten me as much as Venus has,” said Serena. “No matter what happens, we’ve won. A Williams is going to win this tournament.” Read more.