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Sunday, June 7, 2015


Serena Williams won a third French Open title and her 20th Grand Slam after she beat Lucie Safarova in three sets to be crowned champion at Roland Garros. Williams had been hampered by illness in the lead-up to the Paris showpiece but the world No 1 showed her mettle to hold off a late Safarova fightback and win 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-2.

It means Williams, who also won the Australian Open in January, is now only two short the Open era record of 22 major singles titles, set by Steffi Graf, and four away from Margaret Court’s all-time best 24. While Williams was playing her 24th major final, it was Safarova’s first, and the Czech pushed her opponent to the limit in an enthralling contest.

“It was a very complicated match,” Williams said. “Lucie was a magnificent opponent for me, she was very aggressive.
“I was a set up and a break and I got nervous but I came through and I so happy to be part of history, winning my 20th Grand Slam.
“I can’t believe I have won my 20th here in Paris on this court. It is very special.”

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