Milestones Feb. 12, 2007

WON. Serena Williams, 25, her third Australian Open championship and eighth Grand Slam event, in a stunning display of force that promises to reinvigorate the women's tour; in a definitive rout of No. 1--ranked Maria Sharapova in straight sets; after injuries and fashion pursuits had sidelined her for more than a year; in Melbourne. Motivated, she said, by the memory of her murdered older half sister Yetunde--whose name she invoked after every net change--Williams became the lowest-ranked woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy in 29 years and jumped in the world rankings, from 81 to 14. Vowing to refocus...

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