9 Jun 2013

Serena wins again in Paris

4:52 am on 9 June 2013

Serena Williams won the French Open for the second time on Saturday - 11 years after her first triumph. She beat Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-4.

Williams, 31, became the oldest woman to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since tennis turned professional in 1968.

After a slow start at Roland Garros in Paris, she took the opening set after breaking three times and ended the contest with an ace after one hour 46 minutes.

The win extended her current winning streak to 31 matches and grand slam singles titles to 16.

"It was very difficult," Williams said. "After 11 years it's incredible. Thank you to the crowd. I want to come back here and win again. I think I'm Parisienne."

"She's been playing so well throughout the year and throughout the tournament. Congratulations to her,'' said Sharapova.

''This court has brought me so many nice memories - last year was so special. I'll be back next year to try to win again."