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Blog: Serena wins French title

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Old rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova met in the women's final at the French Open on Saturday, with the American relatively rolling to her 16th career Grand Slam title.

French Open women's final
 
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1 Serena Williams
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2 Maria Sharapova
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The way Serena was playing, she had looked unstoppable all tournament. Sharapova put up quite a fight, but it was not enough as Serena won for the 14th time in 16 matches between the two. Recap all the action from the match right here.

11:23 a.m. ET -- Serena gives her champion's speech in French to the delight of the crowd. Take that, Maria.

11:13 a.m. ET -- Maria giving the awkward "You just lost, but please talk to us for a minute" interview with ... Fabrice Santoro! He of the most curious forehand of all-time.

11:03 a.m. ET -- Ace. Backhand error. Ace. Backhand winner. Ace. And Serena Williams is the French Open champion once again, after an 11-year wait.

10:59 a.m. ET -- Another gritty, strenuous hold for Sharapova. She's down 5-4 and must break Serena here to stay in the match.

10:53 a.m. ET -- Up 4-3, Serena holds easily at love to pull within one game of the title. The crowd does the wave. OK then.

10:40 a.m. ET -- Another hard-working hold for Sharapova. She'll have to come up with something special to get back in this.

10:29 a.m. ET -- Serena quickly pops back for a hold and a break to gain the edge in the second set. Crowd still struggling to get into the match with things clearly going

10:20 a.m. ET -- Well, Sharapova holds, but it wasn't easy. She fights off five break points.

10:08 a.m. ET -- Serena holds to take the first set. It's been 11 years since she won at Roland Garros and she's now just a set away.

10:03 a.m. ET -- And then there's Serena's fight. She hops right back for another break, finding a ridiculous angle on break point. She'll now serve for the first set.

10:00 a.m. ET -- Sharapova breaks right back! You gotta love the fight. Meanwhile, Boris Becker is having quite the internal struggle over this match:

9:53 a.m. ET -- Hold-hold and it's 4-3. Serena has been on court for 36 minutes. She finished her semifinal match in 46. Fatigue will be setting in any minute now, I'm sure.

9:42 a.m. ET -- Annnnd just like that, Serena takes command, jumping out to 0-40 lead on Sharapova's serve and finishing off the break a few points later. Back and forth we go.

9:34 a.m. ET -- Serena strikes back with a break to get us back on serve in a grunt-filled third game of the first set. Sharapova lost four straight points after starting 40-15.

9:26 a.m. ET -- Heck of an opening game. Sharapova comes back from 0-40 down to hold serve. She then breaks Serena easily. What looked like the beginnings of another Serena rout now seem a little more interesting.

Meanwhile, chair umpire Kader Nouni has the best voice of any chair umpire.

9:04 a.m. ET -- Sharapova walks on court first, followed by Serena and some daunting stats. Serena has won 30 straight matches, is 73-3 in her last 12 months and has been on court less than seven hours total in six matches in this tournament. Oh boy.

8:39 a.m. ET -- Serena is definitely ready to go:

Sharapova, meanwhile, is taking a more zen approach to her preparation:

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