“Congratulations Serena on 23. I have been right there with you, some of them I lost right there against you. Your win has always been my win, I think you know that. All the times I couldn’t be there, wouldn’t be there, didn’t get there, you were there. I’m enormously proud of you, you mean the world to me.”
Venus and Serena Williams are the oldest women to compete at the Australian Open for the Grand Slam final in the modern tennis era.
“This is probably the moment of our careers so far,” Serena Williams told reporters, according to CNN. “For me, I can definitely say for me.”
Venus Williams is 36, and Serena is 35, and together — over the course of two decades — they’ve changed the face of tennis by becoming two of the most prominent and dominant African-American athletes of all time. Read more
On Wednesday, Williams beat her opponent, CoCo Vandeweghe, in the Australian Open semi-finals — and even made history doing so. At 36, she is the oldest finalist in the tournament’s singles matches. It’s no wonder, then, that she had such a perfect reaction. Take a look at a clip of her reaction to winning.