MELBOURNE, Australia – Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova to win her sixth Australian Open and 19th Grand Slam title.

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The American world number one, 33, served superbly to win a pulsating final 6-3 7-6 (7-5) after Sharapova fought back in the second set.
\nWilliams moves past Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert with a 19th major singles title.

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She has now beaten Russia’s Sharapova, the world number two, 16 times in a row dating back to 2004.
\nMore to follow.