Serena Williams defeated Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 to win the French Open and the 20th Grand Slam title of her career on Saturday. It was Williams’ third French Open title of her career.
With the victory, Williams becomes the first woman to win the U.S. Open, Australian Open and French Open consecutively since Monica Seles did it in 1991-92. Her Grand Slam match win streak has now stretched to 21.
“This is by far the most dramatic [major title I’ve won],” Williams told NBC’s Mary Carillo, via ESPN. “I didn’t even train yesterday, I’ve had the flu…it’s just been a nightmare.”
Williams had to work a little harder after blowing a 4-1 lead on the second set. Safarova rallied to win the set and force a do-or-die third set.
“I choked, simple as that,” Williams said . “I hit a lot of double-faults, and my first serve just went off.
“I got really nervous, it was a big moment to win 20.”
Williams had the following words for her opponent, spoken to the crowd in French:
“Lucie played very well, she was a magnificent opponent,” Williams said. “It was a dream for me to win.”
Williams trails only two women Margaret Smith Court (24) and Steffi Graf (22) for most Grand Slam titles in the Grand Slam era.