One her most unattainable titles is once again part of Serena Williams’ accolades. In a tough match against defending champion, Maria Sharapova she prevailed in two sets 6-4, 6-4 and took the title 11 years after her first win at the French Open.
Williams has made easy work of Sharapova in recent years, but the Russian player came out swinging today taking a lead of 2-0. However, Serena tied and even though at times it was tight, she prevailed with strong serves. She hit her 10th ace to win the championship point.
At 31, Williams is the oldest player to win the French Open in the modern era. This victory gives the American a double career Grand Slam having won all four major titles at least twice during her career. This is her 16th Grand Slam and 31st straight victory.
During the post match interview, she addressed the crowd in French and said she is a Parisian, which garnered applause and cheers from the fans.
In a recent interview, she said that she believes her best years are yet to come and that her intent is to retire while still at the top of her game.
‘I want to go out in my peak. That’s my goal. But have I peaked yet?” Williams said. “I definitely want to continue my journey to get a few more.”
If that is the case, she still has a ways to go. Australian Margaret Court holds the record with 24 major titles. But she is on track to catch up to Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert by the end of the year if she wins Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Both Williams and Sharapova started their careers at 17, Williams making her debut at the US Open in 1999 and Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004. Sharapova is not sure she will continue to play when she reaches Williams’ age.
“If you’re at that stage in your life where you still are motivated to go out and win tennis matches-that’s an amazing effort.” she said.
Sharapova has lost 13 consecutive times to Williams and won only three sets in those matches. She now wants to focus on where she feels most comfortable, on grass.
At Wimbledon, there will be a role reversal if they both get to the final since Sharapova is the reigning champion. Williams said it would be awesome to tie men’s champion Roger Federer’s 17 career victories at Wimbledon.
Will you be watching Wimbledon to see if Serena Williams continues with her winning streak and gets another Grand Slam?