For the first time in over a decade, Serena Williams raised the French Open title on Court Philippe Chatrier, cruising past defending women's champion Maria Sharapova in straight sets on Saturday, per Roland Garros:
Williams' victory kicked off Day 14 at 2013 French Open, which also featured a championship showdown in men's doubles as the Bryan brothers won their 14th Grand Slam crown and second French Open title.
The American twins needed three sets and a dramatic tiebreak, but were able to outlast the French duo of Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut in the final.
With Saturday's matches in the books, here we'll get you caught up on the latest happenings at Roland Garros.
Day 14 Scores
|Serena Williams (1) defeats Maria Sharapova (2)||6-4, 6-4|
|Men's Doubles Final||Score|
|Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (1) defeat Michael Llodra/Nicolas Mahut||6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4)|
*Results courtesy of RolandGarros.com.
Serena Williams Rolls to First French Open Title Since 2002
Serena Williams delivered on Saturday as many thought she would, defeating the defending French Open champion in straight sets, fittingly recording an ace on the final point of the match, per Roland Garros:
Sharapova came out much stronger than expected in the opening set, taking a quick 2-0 lead after fighting off four break points in the first game and then holding serve on the next, per Roland Garros:
But as anticipated, Williams came storming back, breaking Sharapova twice and winning the next four games to pull ahead 4-2 in the frame. After a quick rally from the Russian to tie the set at four games apiece, Williams again took over, taking a 5-4 lead on her service game and then breaking Sharapova for a third time to close out the set 6-4.
Williams won a much higher percentage of first serves in the set, which proved to be the difference, per Roland Garros:
After dropping the first set 4-6, Roland Garros tweeted out some discouraging stats for Sharapova:
Williams would come out fast in the second set, looking control from the very beginning. After breaking Sharapova early on, she was in position to serve out the match, doing so easily with her 10th ace on the day.
Williams' performance in the second set was highlighted by her converting on six-of-six points at the net and recording 20 winners to just nine unforced errors, capping off a phenomenal two weeks of tennis with yet another overwhelming effort.
The 31-year-old American now has 16 Grand Slam titles, becoming the fourth woman to have won each Slam event at least twice, per Roland Garros:
But that wasn't the only history Williams made on Saturday, per Roland Garros:
The current world No. 1, Williams has now won three of the past four Grand Slams, and will be a huge favorite heading to Wimbledon this summer, where she has won five times, including in 2012.
As is always the case, Sharapova was gracious in defeat, and announced via Twitter that she's looking forward to returning to Roland Garros next year:
Bryan Brothers Win Third Straight Grand Slam Doubles Title
Bob and Mike Bryan avenged their loss in last year's French Open men's doubles final on Saturday, surviving a scare from Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut to claim their first French Open championship in 10 years and third straight Slam title dating back to the 2012 U.S. Open, per Roland Garros:
The 2003 French Open men's doubles champions made a dramatic entrance onto Court Philippe Chatrier Saturday afternoon, knowing they had an opportunity to make up for last year's final defeat, per Roland Garros:
The Bryan brothers came out fast, taking the first set 6-4 in 40 minutes. The American duo dominated on serve, getting 72 percent of their first serves into the box, and winning 80 percent of their service points.
Llodra and Mahut wouldn't go away after dropping the first set however, breaking their opponents in the final game of the second set to snag a 6-4 win of their own and forcing the final to a deciding third set.
The second-set win featured four aces and eight winners from Llodra and Mahut, but also an exciting play from Mahut, in which he never gave up on the point, sacrificing his body to help lift the Frenchmen, per Roland Garros:
The third and final set would be even more thrilling than the previous two, as both teams held serve throughout, forcing a do-or-die tiebreak, per Roland Garros:
Despite going down 4-2 early in the tiebreak, the Americans prevailed, winning the final five points of the tiebreak to conquer Roland Garros, giving the United States two huge victories on Day 14.
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