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British tennis star Sir Andy Murray and America's Serena Williams stayed at the top of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world rankings and Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings released on Monday.

The 29-year-old Scot led the rankings for the first time in his career on November 7 and has kept the lead since with 11,540 points. Serbia's Novak Djokovic is in second place with 9,735 points, followed by Swiss Stan Wawrinka. Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga jumped four places to occupy seventh position in the rankings courtesy of his title triumph in Marseille on Sunday. Swiss legend Roger Federer as a result fell a place to 10th with 3,260 points.

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United States legend Serena Williams replaced German Angelique Kerber at the top of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) singles rankings released on Monday, with 7,780 points.

Serena won her seventh Australian Open singles title on Saturday after defeating her sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

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Legendary American Serena Williams made history today when she defeated her elder sister Venus in the Australian Open final to become the first person in the Open Era to capture 23 Grand Slam singles titles on Saturday.

Coming into the final, Serena was tied with German icon Steffi Graf for most number (22) of Grand Slam singles titles, she now has sole possession of that record, but is still one behind Australian legend Margaret Court, whose 24 titles came before tennis participation was opened to professional players.

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The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, will meet in an Australian Open final for the first time since 2003 as the 30 somethings continued to show that age was just a number, booking their place in the final with dominant displays in the semi-final today.

Six-time champion Serena Williams defeated an exhausted and physically struggling Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 6-1 in just 50 minutes in a very one sided contest. Lucic-Baroni, who had done remarkably well to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final this century, came into the match carrying an injury and was absolutely blown away by an in-form Serena, who looks the odds on favourite to capture a record breaking 23rd Grand Slam title.

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Australian born Brit Johanna Konta is the hottest player on the women's tour at present, and the 25 year old won her 9th consecutive match on Monday morning to book her place opposite Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

Konta, champion at the Sydney International a week before the Australian Open got underway, has not lost a set in those nine straight wins, and was in immaculate form as she steam rolled her way past Russian Ekaterina Makarova, 6-1, 6-4 in the fourth round for the second year running.

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Second-seed Serena Williams of the United States overcame her compatriot Nicole Gibbs 6-1, 6-3 in just over an hour to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday.

Serena hit 17 winners against the world No.92 to advance to the second week of the tournament, which she has won six times.

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World No.2 Serena Williams gritted out a 6-3, 6-4 second round win in a high-quality encounter against Lucie Safarova in the Australian Open on Thursday.

The second seeded American, eyeing her seventh title here, smashed 15 aces and 35 winners in the 86-minute clash against the Czech Republican. The match featured a combined 59 winners and 23 aces to just 39 errors.

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