Serena Williams Wins French Open 2013

Serena Williams won her first French Open title since 2002 on Saturday (June 1.) She beat out No. 2 and defending French Open champion Maria Sharpova for the win, adding to her roughly $50 million in career prize money.

The 31-year-old Williams outshined Sharapova on the clay courts at Roland Garros in two close sets both ending in 6-4, 6-4. She served 10 aces, including one at 123 mph at match point. The win is a huge turnaround from only a year ago, where she lost in the first round. After her match point, Williams sunk to her knees and put her face in the clay embracing her long-fought victory.

This is Williams’ second career French Open victory. She epically beat her sister Venus 11 years ago for her first win.

“Eleven years,” Williams, who owns a home in Paris, said in French after the match. “I think it’s unbelievable. Now I have 16 Grand Slam titles. It’s difficult for me to speak because I’m so excited.”

She added: “I love Paris. I spend a lot of time here. I live here. I practice here. I think I am a Parisian.”

This brings Williams’ tally to 16 Grand Slam titles. Dayum!