Blog: Serena wins French title

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: