Serena Williams has won her second French Open title defeating the defending Champion Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-4 at Roland Garros.
It’s been 11 since her last win on the famous clay courts and this victory is Grand Slam number 16 in total.
Sharapova got out to a great start taking a 2-0 lead early in the first set with some precise serving but Williams found her rhythm and fought back with vicious shots down both sides of the court to take a 3-2 lead.
The Russian responded leveling the set at 4-4 but Williams took control again and won the set 6-4 in just 51 minutes.
Sharapova spent most of the second set trying to save break points and was in trouble down 4-2.
Williams served out the set with a barrage of Aces for the straight-sets victory.
The 31-year-old said post match that, “It was very difficult today.”
“After 11 years [since last win] and now I have 16 [grand slam titles],”
The American was the strong favourite heading into the final having won 13 times and losing just twice against Sharapova.
Williams only dropped one set heading into the matchup taking her winning streak to 31, which is a career best for her.
Serena is now just two Grand Slam victories short of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert who are tied for fourth on the all-time winners board.
Sharapova was gracious in defeat saying, “I played a great tournament, but ran into a really tough opponent today.”
“She has been playing so well this year and the whole of last year as well.”