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  • Serena Williams of the United States poses with the Daphne Akhurst Trophy alongside Venus Williams (Getty Images AsiaPac)Source: Getty Images AsiaPac
29 Jan 2017 - 12:15 AM  UPDATED 29 Jan 2017 - 12:15 AM

Two sisters, the best of friends, a famous surname, a history-making night.

Serena Williams defeated her older sister Venus in the women’s singles final of the 2017 Australian Open, to claim her 23rd Grand Slam title.

It took the American champion two 41-minute sets (6-4 6-4) to claim her seventh Australian Open 

The 23rd title for the American brings her just one short of matching Australia’s Margaret Court, who at 24 grand slam titles, holds the record for the most women’s singles championship titles ever 

Serena’s 23 titles are however the most in the Open-era, which she says is overwhelming to think about.

Serena was playing Venus, 36, who was in her first major final in eight years.

Serena says she was honoured to play her sister in the Grand Slam final.

The number 23 will be a special one for Serena; it’s one that is held in high regard in the sporting world.

The NBA’s all-time greatest player, Michael Jordan, wore the jersey number 23; it’s now worn by the best player since his retirement in LeBron James.

David Beckham also wore the number 23 when he played for Real Madrid and LA Galaxy.

And the best swimmer of all-time, Michael Phelps, holds 23 Olympic gold medals.

Serena will now also regain the number one ranking from Germany’s Angelique Kerber.

The final between the Williams sisters was the 28th time they met on court, which began at the Australian Open in 1998.           

For Venus, who has five Wimbledon and two US Open titles, the loss is not a massively disappointing one given the success of her younger sister.

Venus says she could not be prouder of her sister.

Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who earlier had said it wouldn’t be an easy contest for her, says her success came down to her experience.

Meanwhile in the men’s doubles finals, Australia's John Peers and his Finnish partner Henri Kontinen upset highly decorated Americans Bob and Mike Bryan to win the Australian Open men's doubles.

On the final day of the Australian Open, the fantasy men’s singles final will take place when Roger Federer meets Rafael Nadal.

Nadal has won 23 of the 34 meetings with the Swiss champion.

Both come into the final having endured five-set semi-finals.

Both ended their 2016 seasons early after suffering injuries.

The two tennis greats will meet at 7.30pm AEDT on Rod Laver Arena.