Serena Williams, the World’s number one won a 2nd French Open title after eleven years, winning over Maria Sharapova, the defending champion.
Aged 31, the American was pushed on several occasions but she took control halfway through the 1st set, winning 6-4 6-4 during 1 hour 46 minutes.
Now Williams has claimed sixteen Grand Slam titles of singles, moving her within 2 of Christ Evert and Martina Navratilova who have eighteen each.
With the unbeaten run which stands at thirty-one matches, she would strongly be favoured to have that added to tally next month at Wimbledon.
It was hoped that it would not be very one-sided. Maria did play very well. Her serve proved to be quite good, but Serena’s was somewhat better and it managed to have some breaks.
The strength, ability and agility shown by Serena were admirable along with the way that she competes.
She said that she was not trying to get number 16 but only trying to win this French Open. She also said that it was really special for her and she thinks she definitely will continue her journey.
Sharapova came to the Saturday’s final determined to attempt doing something different when she failed to be victorious over Williams in the last twelve matches that stretched back to the year 2004.
The key towards Russian hopes basically was defending that once serve which was plagued by the double faults during recent times.
In opening game, at 0-40, things didn’t look much hopeful for Sharapova though she did dig in and then fired one ace as well as a terrific 2nd serve when she saw 4 break points.
2nd seed took the momentum into following game for breaking the serve by Williams, and looked all set during the next with 40-15 –before Serena came back with full energy.
She was helped back into game by a forehand winner and when a smash was thumped away by her on the break point, at that moment the American shouted “come on” which was equal to the efforts of Sharapova earlier.
4 games in row were able to get Williams in command with 4-2, but the grit was showed by Sharapova which took her to 4 Grand Slam titles while she battled back to the 4-4 with aggressive baseline exchanges.
Stats Of The Match:
|77%||1st Serve Win||48%|
|50%||2nd Serve Win||59%|
Having pressure on, Serena Williams was able to raise her intensity even further and so produced hitting of the type which Sharapova even couldn’t stand, forcing Russians into forehand error of game 9 before serving the set 51 minutes later.
This was 5 minutes longer compared to how much Sara Errani could manage to have Williams delayed in the entire semi-final, while Sharapova carried on clinging gamely.
She saved 5 break points within the first gripping game of 2nd set though was not capable of troubling the serve of American and so was again under pressure.
Williams proved how much she had improved on the clay while she widely slid out for a defensive backhand as she broke was on way to break in game 3, and she wouldn’t relinquish this advantage.
In the Chatrier stadium, 15,000 spectators cheered Sharapova as she was able to hold serve from the 30-30 having defeat looming over, but she wasn’t to have a reprieve given by opponent.
Williams once again demonstrated that she had her serve as the best shot to be used in the game, firing down one ace for securing the title, while dropping down to knees for celebration.
According to Sharapova, Serena had played a very good match and strongly, deeply with really good serves, better than hers and that Serena had taken her chances.