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Summary

  1. Williams beats Sharapova 6-3 7-6 (7-5)
  2. Top seed Williams wins 19th Grand Slam
  3. Sharapova not beaten Williams in 11 years
  4. Williams leads head-to-head 17-2
  5. Get involved: #bbctennis on Twitter, 81111 via text

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Murray v Djokovic (08:30 GMT, Sunday)

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And now it is also time for us to say goodbye - until tomorrow of course. If you're struggling to contain your excitement ahead of Murray v Djokovic, then keep busy with these two must-read pieces ahead of the final.

See you tomorrow! And remember - set those alarm clocks.

Williams 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Sharapova

Get inside Serena! Hanging around in the Melbourne rain will not help the world number one's sniffling cold and barking cough one little bit.

Williams felt so bad during a rain delay in the first set that she left the court to vomit. But it was Sharapova who was left feeling sick as she watched Serena hit 18 aces and 38 winners as she won in one hour and 51 minutes.

Watch the moment where Williams sealed her sixth Australian Open title with an ace.

Serena wins Australian Open

Williams 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Sharapova

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

Williams has finally finished her victory lap of Rod Laver Arena after seemingly meeting everyone in the front row individually, she's so overjoyed. She has walked the tunnels below the arena with trophy in hand and negotiated the rain under an umbrella as she heads for Australian television, pausing on the long flight of stairs for a breather. "I'm so cold," she says on arriving at Channel 7, who wrap her in a towel.

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Murray v Djokovic (08:30 GMT, Sunday)

Sunday mornings are usually a time for a kickabout on the football pitch, a fry-up at your local greasy spoon, or lazing around in bed until midday.

Not tomorrow. Set your alarm clocks nice and early - because you simply cannot miss Andy Murray's bid to win his first Australian Open title. And once you wake up from your slumber you won't miss a serve or winner thanks to BBC Sport.

Television coverage starts at 08:15 GMT on BBC One, the BBC Radio 5 live team will begin their build-up at 06:00, while text commentary right here on the BBC Sport website will start at 07:30.

Murray v Djokovic (08:30 GMT, Sunday)

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

Andy Murray update - the British number one has been out for a hard practice session today after taking it a little easier on Friday as he enjoys the relatively rare two-day break between matches.

In relaxed mood when he spoke to the media a little earlier today, he put the pressure on Novak Djokovic. "He has a fantastic record here," said Murray. "He obviously loves the court and the conditions. It would be a big upset if I manage to win."

'It would be a big upset if I win'

Murray v Djokovic (08:30 GMT, Sunday)

Andy Murray is aiming for his first Australian Open title when he plays Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final.

At his news conference earlier today, Murray said: "I know it's going to be extremely difficult. If I want to win it will be tough and challenging physically.

"Novak has a fantastic record here. He loves the court and conditions, it would be quite a big upset if I win."

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Murray v Djokovic (08:30 GMT, Sunday)

Today's match between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova was the first Australian Open final between the top two female players in the world since 2004. And, although Sharapova couldn't force a third set, the high-quality match did not disappoint.

Guess what? We have got to go through it all again tomorrow. Why? For the small matter of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic in the men's final...

Reaction from other players

Williams 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Sharapova

Former world number one

Caroline Wozniacki on Twitter: "Big congratulations to my big sis Serena Williams on #19! Such an inspiration. #champ."

Kim Clijsters, the 2011 Australian Open winner,

writes on Twitter: "Serena showed why she is the number one. #toogood."

American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, a winner in the 2015 Australian Open women's doubles competition,

says on Twitter: "Amazing match to watch. And what a clutch ace on match point after the let. Serena Williams focused and breaking records."

Swan beaten in girls' final

Katie Swan
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Like Maria Sharapova, Britain's Katie Swan missed out on a Grand Slam title as she

lost the Australian Open girls' final ahead of the main event.

The 15-year-old from Bristol struggled with a leg injury during a 6-1 6-4 defeat by Slovakian Tereza Mihalikova on Rod Laver Arena.

Swan was hoping to become the first Briton to win the title since Annabel Croft in 1984. She joins compatriot Laura Robson as a girls' runner-up in Australia, with Robson making the 2009 and 2010 finals.

Katie Swan
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MariaThierryHenry: Wow that speech was inspirational! She talks so well just like how she plays. Serena Williams such a legend.

Jonny Harper: Serena Williams: "Prayers not to win but for strength" Wonderful wisdom. "All glory to God." Wonderful humility.

Mellor&Scott: Congrats to Serena Willams on a 19th slam. A brutally high level of tennis. Maria Sharapova would have beaten anyone else today

Williams 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Sharapova

Emotional stuff from Serena as she gives "probably my longest speech" after a Grand Slam win. "I love you Serena!" shouts one female fan. "I love you too," replies the champion. Awww. We have a love-in here at Rod Laver Arena.

Player reaction

Williams 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Sharapova

Serena Williams
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Australian Open winner Serena Williams says: "I have to congratulate Maria, she played a wonderful match and she really pushed me. She played so well and gave me a great final not only for the fans, but for women's tennis. I'm really honoured to play her in the final.

"Growing up I wasn't the richest, but I had a rich family in spirit and support. Standing here with 19 championships is something I never thought would happen. I went on court with a ball, a racquet and hope, that's all I had. And it's an inspiration for you guys who want to be the best - you can be, never give up and you don't know who you can inspire.

"I'm so honoured to be here standing with my 19th title - I'm just so excited."

Serena wins Australian Open

Williams 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Sharapova

Martina Navratilova smiles as she hands over the grand silver trophy to Serena Williams. But the Czech-American must be slightly upset inside as she contemplates dropping to third on the all-time list of female Grand Slam winners.

Serena wins Australian Open

Williams 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Sharapova

Serena Williams looks almost embarrassed as the head of the presentation party reels off her tennis achievements. Six Australian Opens and 19 Grand Slams in case you've forgotten.

"An icon, a phenomenon, a legend," he gushes. It's hard to disagree. Although Williams shakes her head as his words ring around the Rod Laver Arena.

Player reaction

Williams 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Sharapova

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Beaten finalist Maria Sharapova says: "First of all I want to congratulate Serena on creating history and playing some of her best tennis. It's an honour to play against her.

"I've not beaten her for a long time, but I love every time I play her as she is the best and you want to play against the best.

"It has been a long couple of weeks. I was almost down and out in the second round and gave myself a second life in the tournament. It was not enough today, but I gave it everything. I love playing in the Rod Laver Arena, I've had some of my best memories and toughest losses, but that's the life of a tennis player."

Match statistics

Williams 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Sharapova

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Williams 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Sharapova

Andrew Castle

BBC tennis commentator on BBC Two

"Absolute credit to Maria Sharapova. You can't play a better match and lose in straight sets. She tried everything possible to make it happen."

Serena wins Australian Open

Williams 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Sharapova

Maria Sharapova steps forward first, exchanging kisses with Martina Navratilova to receive the runners-up plate, rapturous applause ringing in her ears. The Russian begins her post-match speech by praising arch-rival Williams, who heartily claps back.

Serena wins Australian Open

Williams 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Sharapova

A host of smartly-dressed Australian Open officials walk on to the hastily-erected stage in the middle of Rod Laver Arena as they prepare to present Williams with the Daphne Akhurst trophy.

The great Martina Navratilova, who has just watched Serena move past her mark of 18 Grand Slam titles to go second behind Steffi Graf in the all-time list, is also there to hand over the prize.

Serena wins Australian Open

Williams 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Sharapova

While Williams goes over to her box to celebrate, Sharapova sits motionless in her chair. She's probably asking herself when Serena is going to pack up and retire...

Serena wins Australian Open

Williams 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Sharapova

Serena Williams smiles
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The grin is still stuck to Serena's face as she shakes hands with her opponent. Sharapova appears gracious in defeat, despite the obvious disappointment. But her nightmare against Serena continues - that is her 16th straight defeat against the world number one.

Serena wins Australian Open

Williams 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Sharapova

Serena Williams is a picture of unbridled joy, jumping up and down on Rod Laver Arena like an excited Australian kangaroo. A broad grin breaks out across the American's face as she goes to the net...

Game, set and match - Williams

Williams 6-3 7-6 (7-5) Sharapova

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Serena reloads after that disappointment of the let. And guess what? She thunders down an ace to win.

Serena Williams win her sixth Australian Open title!

Tie-break

Williams 6-3 6-6 (6-5) Sharapova

Serena Williams reaction
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Championship point number three for Serena though - on her serve. She thinks she's got it with an ace. But the umpire calls let. Serena cannot believe it...

Tie-break

Williams 6-3 6-6 (6-5) Sharapova

Sharapova saves herself with a brilliant deep second serve. Serena returns it but Sharapova thunders a forehand into the corner. Championship point number two saved.

Tie-break

Williams 6-3 6-6 (6-4) Sharapova

Marina Sharapova
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How important could that break be for Sharapova? It won't be if she doesn't hold. And she doesn't. Championship point....

Tie-break

Williams 6-3 6-6 (5-4) Sharapova

Sharapova screams 'come on' as she wins a point off Williams's serve as the American goes wide again with a forehand. Back on serve.

Tie-break

Williams 6-3 6-6 (5-3) Sharapova

Chance for Serena to see daylight once again. The American serves, a rally ending in Sharapova finding the net with a forehand return.

Tie-break

Williams 6-3 6-6 (4-3) Sharapova

Sharapova looked in trouble. Her first serve hits the net, but she wins a point off the second serve. Williams goes for a cross-court winner, but gets too much on it and it goes wide.

Tie-break

Williams 6-3 6-6 (4-2) Sharapova

Sharapova looks to the floor as Williams closes in. She must hold. First serve - into the net. Second serve - it's good. Williams returns cross court, leaving Sharapova stretching. The ball flies over the net, but Serena can't respond as she finds the tape.

Tie-break

Williams 6-3 6-6 (4-1) Sharapova

Williams's first serve goes into the net, but a deep forehand after the second, sees Sharapova send the ball low into the net.

Tie-break

Williams 6-3 6-6 (3-1) Sharapova

Typical response from Williams after losing the first break. Another thumping ace from the American - her 17th of the match.

Tie-break

Williams 6-3 6-6 (2-1) Sharapova

Sharapova serves, but a stunning return from the American takes her 2-1 ahead.

Tie-break

Williams 6-3 6-6 (1-1) Sharapova

Sharapova to serve but Serena breaks back. Williams returns a serve with aplomb, Sharapova hitting the tape.

Tie break

Williams 6-3 6-6 (0-1) Sharapova

A crunching forehand winner down the line from Sharapova from Williams's serve out wide.

Tie-break

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Sharapova does indeed stay in the match. The Russian holds to love - tie-break time.

Williams 6-3 6-5 Sharapova*

Serena might have the greatest serve going, but now it is Sharapova's turn to dazzle with ball in hand. She's serving to stay in the match for the second time...

John Lloyd

1977 Australian Open runner-up on BBC Two

"You talk about great shots in women's tennis, but Serena Williams's serve is by far the greatest we have seen. It's so much better than anyone else's we have ever seen."

Williams 6-3 6-5 Sharapova*

Maria Sharapova
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And that vital hold for the Russian means we have at least two more games in this match. But I suspect the Melbourne crowd are hoping it will go a little longer than that. So too will Sharapova.

She gives herself a chance, plucking out a wonderful backhand at the baseline to force deuce. But Williams, as she has done so many times, produces a wonderful second serve to force Sharapova into an error, then hammers down an ace.

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Petra: Hats off to Maria Sharapova. She's doing everything she can. What a fighter.

Dan Church: Can't take my eyes of this Women's Australian Open final between Williams and Sharapova. The display on show is outstanding.