Congrats to Serena Williams!! She did it!! Serena defeated Lucie Safarova in the French Open earlier today 6-3, 6-7, 6-2. It was Serena’s 20th Grand Slam victory.
Serena has 3 French Open trophies, 6 U.S. Open trophies, 6 Australian Open trophies and 5 Wimbledon trophies. When it comes to All Time wins Serena is now in 3rd place for the most grand slam tournament singles titles. Margaret Court has 24 grand slam titles and Steffi Graf has 22 grand slam titles. But when it comes to the Open Era of tennis Steffi Graf is in 1st place with 22 grand slam titles and Serena is in 2nd place with 20 grand slam titles. (The Open Era began in 1968 when the Grand Slam tournaments agreed to allow professional players to compete with amateurs. Prior to 1968 only amateurs were allowed to compete in the Grand Slam tournaments and other events organized or sanctioned by the ILTF including the Davis Cup.) If she wins at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open this year she would tie Steffi Graf.
Serena won the French Open while dealing with the flu. I was worried cause I heard that she didn’t practice yesterday due to her illness. Serena won the 1st set and I thought “she’s not playing like a sick woman.” But then Lucie came back and won the 2nd set. Serena was down 2-0 in the 3rd set but rallied back to win 6-2. During the presentation of the trophies Serena thanked the French Open crowd in French. The television announcer of course had to translate for us non-French speaking folks.
I can’t believe I sat through the entire match. Even though I got a little nervous I refused to change the channel. I had that much faith in Serena and I knew she would win. My day of running errands and whatnot didn’t start until after the match was over. Oh happy day 🙂