Serena claims 20th Grand Slam title

Serena Williams claimed her 20th Grand Slam title

Serena Williams won a dramatic French Open final against Czech 13th seed Lucie Safarova to claim her 20th Grand Slam title.

The American, ranked number one, needed two hours and one minute to win 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 at Roland Garros.

Safarova, playing her first Grand Slam final, led by a break in the decider but Williams won the last six games.

The 33-year-old becomes the third player – male or female – to win 20 major singles titles. Only Germany’s Steffi Graf on 22 has won more since the open era began in 1968, with Australia’s Margaret Court collecting 24 between 1960 and 1973.

Victory at Wimbledon in July would see Williams hold all four major titles at once, having managed the feat already in 2003.

There had been doubts over whether the 2002 and 2013 French Open champion would even make it to court for Saturday’s final after a debilitating bout of sickness.

Williams had visibly struggled in Thursday’s semi-final, coughing and looking close to tears and then cancelled all media commitments, only practising two hours before the final.

The rest appeared to have had the desired effect, as she took the first set with a break in game four and powered on in the second.

She had won all eight matches she had played against Safarova and, serving at 4-1, 40-15 in the second set, there appeared no possibility of the American faltering.

However, three double faults in the game brought Safarova unexpectedly back into the contest, and the Czech kept herself alive again four games later with a backhand winner.

Safarova, 28, was now much the sharper in terms of footwork and she dominated the tie-break before moving ahead with a break at the start of the decider.

Williams was now struggling to keep calm, screaming at herself after errors and picking up a warning for her language from the umpire, but she proved once again why she is the undisputed number one.

Safarova double-faulted for the first time in the match to bring Williams level at 2-2 and the top seed ratcheted up the pressure.

Another heavy return helped her break for 4-2 and a left-handed forehand followed in the next game as Williams reached for every shot in the book, sealing victory with her seventh break of the match.

14 Responses to Serena claims 20th Grand Slam title

  1. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley June 6, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Serena is the greatest.

    • Conchita Moseley
      Conchita Moseley June 6, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Only SERENA Could surrvie the scare she has guts. Lets not forget Lucy that final could have been over in straight sets….. But LUCY gave it her best….. I LOVE THE WAY SHE ACCEPTED HER DEFEAT and kept her composure…..She has to be proud.

  2. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne June 6, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    My Tennis Queen <3 <3

  3. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin June 6, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Just awesome!

  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce June 6, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Congratulations Serena!!!!!!!!!! Very, very, very Proud of you!

  5. Merchant Clarke
    Merchant Clarke June 6, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Congrats Serena

  6. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt June 6, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    My favourite female athlete. Congrats are in order. Would love to see you go on and win 25 grand slams

  7. Trina Lowe
    Trina Lowe June 6, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    BOOM! Go Serena! Love youuuu

  8. Barbara Maynard
    Barbara Maynard June 6, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Congrats! You are awesome.

  9. Cheryl Chase
    Cheryl Chase June 7, 2015 at 2:00 am


  10. Colin A Alexander
    Colin A Alexander June 7, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Congrats to her!

  11. Ken Debajee
    Ken Debajee June 7, 2015 at 7:21 am

    serena, girl as always you did us black folk proud

  12. Angela Fergusson June 7, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Serena, I admire you and hold you up as a model for particularly black girls. You have principles and remind us how human we are. You are a WINNER!

  13. Patrick Blackman June 7, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    May be we should be as vocal about the rapid decline in bajan society. Home bell ring first.


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