9 Jun 2013

Serena Williams wins French Open

9:01 am on 9 June 2013

The world tennis number one Serena Williams has won the final of the French Open defeating the defending champion Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-4.

It was the 31-year-old American's 16th grand slam title and her second in Paris, eleven years after her first.

For Sharapova it was a 10th straight loss to her American nemesis dating back to 2004 when she was defeated in the Wimbledon final.

In the first French Open women's final involving the two top seeds since 1995, the two biggest earners in women's sport were pitted against each other for the 16th time, the third in a grand slam final.

Williams was the strong favourite, having won 13 times for two defeats against the Russian and stormed into the final for the loss of just one set, taking her career-best winning streak to 31.

Sharapova saved five break points to start the second set, but two games later she struggled again on serve and this time Williams converted her first break point to put herself in the clear at 4-2.

She then comfortably served out twice, with three aces to banish 11 years of frustrations at Roland Garros.