MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (AP) -- Serena Williams has won her fifth Australian Open title, beating Justine Henin 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the final.
Williams successfully defended her Australian title and collected her 12th Grand Slam singles championship Saturday at Rod Laver Arena.
The 28-year-old American had won her previous four titles in Melbourne in each odd-numbered year since 2003.
Henin was two tournaments into a comeback and in her first major since the 2008 Australian Open.
The seven-time Grand Slam winner quit while holding the No. 1-ranking a few months later.
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