Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Williams Storms to Easy Victory

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Williams Storms to Easy Victory

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Unseeded Serena Williams completed her Australian Open dream today with a stunning 6-1 6-2 straight sets victory over top seed Maria Sharapova to win her eighth Grand Slam title.

Williams overwhelmed the Russian US Open Champion and completed a remarkable comeback after her ranking slipped to 81 following a serious knee injury.

Williams completed victory in just one hour and three minutes at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne to claim a third Australian Open title and become the first unseeded player to land the crown since Chris O'Neil in 1978.

"I would like to thank Maria for being a great sport and a great champion," said an emotional Williams.

"She has a great attitude. She has a few more years to go, maybe more than I do, she definitely has a great future.

Sharapova added: "You can never underestimate her as an opponent. I don't think many people expected her to be in the final, but I definitley did. I knew what she was capable of and she showed that today. …

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