The #1 ranked Serena Williams went on defense from the jump and relentlessly chased down one shot after another to defeat familiar foe Maria Sharapova with a 6-4, 6-4 victory giving her a first French Open championship since 2002.
“Eleven years,” Williams said in French during the trophy ceremony. “I think it’s unbelievable. Now I have 16 Grand Slam titles. It’s difficult for me to speak because I’m so excited.”