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Williams wallops Sharapova for eighth Grand Slam

Updated: January 27, 2007, 5:09 PM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams answered her critics with an overpowering victory in the Australian Open final.

Unseeded and ranked 81st, Williams won for her eighth and most improbable Grand Slam title Saturday, beating Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2.

"It was an awesome win, because I had so many critics. So many people ... saying negative things," Williams said. "Saying I wasn't fit, when I felt that I was really fit, and I could last three sets.

"It's ...

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