31 Jan 2010

Serena Williams takes Australian Open title

8:50 am on 31 January 2010

Serena Williams is once again the Australian Open tennis champion, successfully defending her title with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Justine Henin in Melbourne on Saturday.

It was Williams' fifth Australian Open win and 12th grand slam title, putting her in equal sixth place to Bille Jean King on the alltime majors list.

The 28-year-old had won the Australian Open in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.

Williams had entered the tournament under a cloud after a foul-mouthed tirade against a line judge at the US Open ended in her being fined $US175,000 and given a two-year good behaviour bond for the outburst.