Serena Williams walked out onto Rod Laver Arena with her eye set on a seventh Australian Open title…
But that’s not all that was at stake on a historic finals weekend in Melbourne.
Standing across the net was Venus Williams, back into a Grand Slam final for the first time since 2009.
It was the 28th meeting of the sisters’ historic rivalry.
Venus started strong, breaking Serena twice in the opening set.
But Serena hit back, marching steadily toward history.
Celebs were out in full force at Rod Laver Arena, like supermodel Karlie Kloss.
It was a tense final as both sisters had a lot to fight for – and knew each other’s game well.
But in the end it was Serena who emerged victorious, defeating her sister 6-4, 6-4 after an hour and 24 minutes.
The win makes Serena Williams the only player in the Open Era to win 23 Grand Slam titles.
There was a lot of emotion at the net as Venus congratulated Serena’s monumental achievement.
What they’re all here for: the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy, awarded to the women’s singles champion.
“That’s my little sister you guys! Your win has always been my win,” Venus said in her emotional acceptance speech.
The champion returned the compliment: "There's no way I would be at [No.23] without her. Without her, the 'Williams Sisters' wouldn't exist."
Serena was outfitted for the historic occasion from head to toe – courtesy of Nike’s custom “No.23” Air Jordans.
Apart from all the accolades and records broken tonight, Serena’s win brings her one more special achievement…
…she’ll return to the WTA World No.1 ranking come Monday. Congratulations Serena!