Serena states her case as G.O.A.T.

United States' Serena Williams celebrates after defeating her sister Venus in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Serena Williams beat her sister, Venus, 6-4, 6-4, to win the Australian Open and to claim a record 23rd Grand Slam title.

At 35, Serena is the only player — man or woman — to win 23 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era.

Here is the celebration:

Congratulations quickly rolled in:

And the win made this cute girl happy:

Michael Jordan (you might have heard of him) had a gift ready for Serena’s big day:

Serena’s dad, Richard, amazingly predicted this kind of success years ago:

Saturday’s big victory raises the question: Is Serena the best women’s tennis player ever?

Nike sure thinks so:

Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim thinks so, too:

You could have made the case years ago, that Serena is the best ever. But now? Case closed. She gets bonus points for longevity—she’s now won majors spanning 18 years and six presidential terms.

As does ESPN’s Johnette Howard:

If anyone still dared to argue anymore, even in private company, that Serena Williams and Steffi Graf both remained in the running for best female tennis player ever before this match, this history-making night at the Australian Open should quash any whisper of that debate, from the barbershops in Compton, California, all the way to the beer halls lining the town squares in Graf’s German hometown of Mannheim, and everywhere in between. That discussion is over. Now and forever.

Fox Sports’ Chris Chase isn’t ready to name Serena as G.O.A.T., and he makes some strong points:

If Martina (Navratilova) and Chris (Evert) wouldn’t have skipped a dozen tournaments, Serena still might chasing them. Next, and biggest, is the level of competition. Navratilova had Evert (and others). Serena had herself. … Even with title No. 23, Serena’s career, and those years of relative struggles and apathy and inconsistency, doesn’t stack up to Martina’s or, possibly, Chrissie’s.

Chrissie doesn’t agree:

What do you think? Is Serena the best women’s tennis player of all-time?

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