- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 25, 2003

MELBOURNE, Australia Serena Slam or Sister Slam no matter what you call it, Serena Williams is truly grand.

Williams survived an error-filled match to beat elder sister Venus 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4 today (last night EST) to win the Australian Open for her fourth straight major championship.

Serena added the title to the French Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon crowns she won last year, all against her sister.

This marked only the sixth time a woman has held all four of tennis' major championships at the same time and the first since Steffi Graf in 1994. Margaret Court, Maureen Connolly and Martina Navratilova were the others.

Venus claimed her own slice of history as the first woman to lose each of the four majors in succession.

After Venus slumped through four straight errors in the final game, the two hugged at the net. Serena blew kisses to the crowd and then slumped in relief in her chair.

Throughout the 2-hour, 22-minute match, Serena showed how intent she was on winning. Even so, Venus tested her more than in their previous three matches, which Serena won in straight sets.

After losing her serve for 4-5, Serena threw her racket.

In the first-set tiebreaker, she took a ball she thought was out and hit a forehand past Venus, who had stopped playing.

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