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Serena Williams won her sixth Australian Open and 19th career Grand Slam with a hard-fought win over bitter rival Maria Sharapova on Saturday, consolidating her place among the game's legends. The 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) triumph means the American world number one overtakes 18-time major champions Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert to go clear second on the all-time Open-era Grand Slam winners' list, three behind Steffi Graf.
Hosts Australia won the Asian Cup after beating South Korea 2-1 in extra time of an electrifying final on Saturday, substitute James Troisi smashing home a dramatic winner. Troisi broke Korean hearts with the last kick in the first period of extra time after Son Heung-Min had snatched a dramatic injury-time equaliser at the end of normal time. Australia's triumph gave the Socceroos a first title since defecting from Oceania nine years ago, while South Korea's anguish continued after failing to break a hoodoo in the tournament stretching back to 1960. Australia, runners-up to Japan in 2011, had been on the brink of victory after a stunning strike from Massimo Luongo on the stroke of half-time, triggering wild celebrations from the waves of fans in green and gold in a crowd of 76,000.
Melbourne (AFP) - 11:32 GMT - AFP IS CLOSING THIS LIVE REPORT after Serena Williams produced one of the great performances of her career to beat fierce rival Maria Sharapova and win her sixth Australian Open final, sealing her 19th Grand Slam title.