Serena Williams Wins French Open 2013 Title, Defeats Maria Sharapova in Final

After last years debacle, Serena Williams eclipsed Maria Sharapova to win the French Open.

Williams beats defending champion Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 6-4 to win French Open 2013. Photo:

Serena Williams has become the winner of the French Open for the second time and for the first time in 11 years. Now she is only the fourth woman in the Open era to win multiple singles titles at each of the Grand Slams – she joins Chrissie Evert, Martina Navratilova and Stephanie Graf in a very exclusive club.

“Eleven years,” Williams said in French during the trophy ceremony. “I think it’s unbelievable. Now I have 16 Grand Slam titles. It’s difficult for me to speak because I’m so excited.”

Williams, who was motivated by her failure last year, used strong and tough defense and her usual powerful hitting in final, closing with a crescendo of aces – three in the last game – for a 6-4, 6-4 victory over long-time champion Maria Sharapova to collect a second Roland Garros title and 16th major trophy overall.

“I’m still a little bit upset about that loss last year,” the winner said with a chuckle, her shiny new hardware an arm’s length away.

“But it’s all about, for me, how you recover,” she continued. “I think I’ve always said a champion isn’t about how much they win, but it’s about how they recover from their downs, whether it’s an injury or whether it’s a loss.”

The victory was her 31st in a row, the longest single-season streak in 13 years, reports ESPN. Williams is 43-2 with six titles this season.

“She is playing extremely well,” Sharapova said of her rival after the game was over. “She’s a competitor.”

“She’s always had a big serve,” she added. “I think her second serve is better than it was in the past. I did put up a fight obviously today against her. It was not enough.”

Sharapova got the final off to a quick start by breaking serve in the second game but рук opponent successfully defended and started a run of four consecutive games before Sharapova was able to get a look in. In the ninth game Serena played a forehand winner that brought the house down and it gave her another service break.

She closed out the set a game later when Sharapova sent a crosscourt backhand wide. Lately Williams did her best to pressure Sharapova on the Russian’s service games in the opening stages of the second set and broke in the third game and kept that lead.

In the eighth game she powered down back-to-back aces and then repeated the effort on the last two points of the match.

“Well, honestly, at that point I was just so nervous,” she said laughing. “I thought, I’m not going to be able to hit groundstrokes. No joke.  I really thought ‑ and as you see the one groundstroke I did hit went like 100 feet out.”

She went on, adding: “I thought to myself, Look, Serena, you’ve just got to hit aces.  That’s your only choice. I just had to hit aces.  That’s just what I did.  I wouldn’t have been able to hit a forehand or a backhand or any shot, for that matter.”

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