Serena Williams wins second French Open title

Paris, June 8 (IANS) Top seed Serena Williams defeated defending champion Maria Sharapova in straight sets to win her second French Open crown and 16th Grand Slam singles tennis title here Saturday.

Williams, who took the trophy last time at Roland Garros in 2002, proved too much for the Russian, winning 6-4, 6-4 and extending her record to 14 wins and two losses. Sharapova has not had a winning record against the American in their last 13 meetings, Xinhua reports.

The 32-year-old Williams has collected five titles at the Australian Open, five at Wimbledon, four at the US Open and two at the French Open.

Williams said in French to the crowd that it was “incredible” to win her second title at Roland Garros, 11 years after her first.

Sharapova, who has won one title at each Grand Slam event, said: “I played a great tournament and ran against a really tough champion. She’s been playing so well throughout this year so a big congratulation to her.”

“This court has brought me so many nice memories. Last year was incredibly special for me and to be back on this stage and be the last two players in the tournament is special. I would have loved to have won it but I’ll be back next year trying to win it again.”

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