In what tennis fans are calling the surprise of the season, Williams performed a shocking comeback in the second set Saturday (June 6) from 13th seeded Lucie Safarova to win the French Open. After the Russian athlete dominated in the beginning, overcoming a 1-4 shortfall, then shooting ahead in the third set, Williams ended strong, taking her out by winning the final five games for a 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 victory.
Adding another notch to her belt of victories, Williams, 33, is only third in line, behind Margaret Court and Steffi Graf, for topping the Grand Slam victories. To date, she has won three French Opens, which include two in the last three years.
"When I was a little girl, in California, my father and my mother wanted me to play tennis. And now I'm here, with 20 Grand Slam titles," Williams said in French. "This is very special for me. I haven't always played very well here, but I'm really happy to win the 20th here ... Lucie played very well, she was a magnificent opponent."
"Serena, you were amazing today, you a great fighter. Congratulations," Safarova said, in English.
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