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Williams defeats Sharapova in Aussie final for 19th Grand Slam title

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams fired her 18th ace on match point to defeat longtime rival Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) on Saturday to win her sixth Australian Open championship and 19th Grand Slam title. The 33-year-old Williams has beaten Sharapova, the world No. 2, in their last 16 matches, with the Russian last earning a win in the series a decade ago. Sharapova saved two match points in the tiebreaker. "I wasn't just going to let her hit a winner to win the match," Sharapova said. "I really wanted to go for it and I wanted to do everything I could to stay in those games and stay in that match. "On the last one, couldn't do much to get that ball." Williams broke three ...

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