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
1 Serena Williams
2 Maria Sharapova
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.
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
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.
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.