Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

In Pictures: Serena Williams wins French Open

June 9, 2013

Periods of frustration were occasionally dotted with moments of joy for Sharapova as she was constantly on the defensive. Christophe Karaba / EPA
Periods of frustration were occasionally dotted with moments of joy for Sharapova as she was constantly on the defensive. Christophe Karaba / EPA
Williams, though, was playing at another level from her opponent as her ground strokes proved beyond Sharapova's reach. Yoan Valat / EPA
Williams, though, was playing at another level from her opponent as her ground strokes proved beyond Sharapova's reach. Yoan Valat / EPA
Maria Sharapova, the defending champion, was going to find the going difficult given her poor head-to-head record against Williams. Yoan Valat / EPA
Maria Sharapova, the defending champion, was going to find the going difficult given her poor head-to-head record against Williams. Yoan Valat / EPA
The former world No 1 worked her forehand to her advantage. Ian Langsdon / EPA
The former world No 1 worked her forehand to her advantage. Ian Langsdon / EPA
The moment finally came as WIlliams won the second set - also 6-4 - to claim her second French Open singles crown. Caroline Blumberg / EPA
The moment finally came as WIlliams won the second set - also 6-4 - to claim her second French Open singles crown. Caroline Blumberg / EPA
She also made up for her disappointment of crashing out of last year's tournament as early as in the first round. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images
She also made up for her disappointment of crashing out of last year's tournament as early as in the first round. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images
Such was the Williams' form, that Sharapova had to reach for every point. Julian Finney / Getty Images
Such was the Williams' form, that Sharapova had to reach for every point. Julian Finney / Getty Images
But before that, the American had other things to take care of. Patrick Kovarik / AFP
But before that, the American had other things to take care of. Patrick Kovarik / AFP
Sharapova kept her eye on the ball as she continued to serve brilliantly throughout the match. Thomas Coex / AFP
Sharapova kept her eye on the ball as she continued to serve brilliantly throughout the match. Thomas Coex / AFP
Serena Williams was in action at Roland Garros yesterday, in a bid to win her second French Open singles title. Martin Bureau / AFP
Serena Williams was in action at Roland Garros yesterday, in a bid to win her second French Open singles title. Martin Bureau / AFP
But the writing was already on the wall as Sharapova, who won a career grand slam, last year, was simply outplayed. Miguel Medina / AFP
But the writing was already on the wall as Sharapova, who won a career grand slam, last year, was simply outplayed. Miguel Medina / AFP
The American's comeback from a life-threatening health problem continues unabated. Patrick Kovarik / AFP
The American's comeback from a life-threatening health problem continues unabated. Patrick Kovarik / AFP
Mahut and Llodra were clearly disappointed as must have been the Parisian crowd after the pair lost 6-4, 4-6, 7-6. The win gave the 35-year-old Bryan twins their 14th doubles major title.
Mahut and Llodra were clearly disappointed as must have been the Parisian crowd after the pair lost 6-4, 4-6, 7-6. The win gave the 35-year-old Bryan twins their 14th doubles major title.
France's Nicolas Mahut, left, and Michael Llodra shake hands with Bob and Mike Bryan, of the United States, at the end of their doubles final match. Thomas Coex / AFP
France's Nicolas Mahut, left, and Michael Llodra shake hands with Bob and Mike Bryan, of the United States, at the end of their doubles final match. Thomas Coex / AFP
Williams could not believe it as she fell to her knees to celebrate her 16th major singles title. David Vincent / AP Photo
Williams could not believe it as she fell to her knees to celebrate her 16th major singles title. David Vincent / AP Photo
Williams is two grand slam singles titles away from equalling the record jointly held by Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. Christophe Ena / AP Photo
Williams is two grand slam singles titles away from equalling the record jointly held by Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. Christophe Ena / AP Photo
Sharapova played very well except she was up against an in-form player who is looking at making history. Michel Euler / AP Photo
Sharapova played very well except she was up against an in-form player who is looking at making history. Michel Euler / AP Photo
Meanwhile, hairdo was the last thing on the Russian player's mind as she tried to up her game in the second set after losing the first one 6-4. Petr David Josek / AP Photo
Meanwhile, hairdo was the last thing on the Russian player's mind as she tried to up her game in the second set after losing the first one 6-4. Petr David Josek / AP Photo
Her victory yesterday has certainly made her peerless in women's tennis at this point in time. Petr David Josek / AP Photo
Her victory yesterday has certainly made her peerless in women's tennis at this point in time. Petr David Josek / AP Photo
Only 111 days shy of her 32nd birthday, Williams seems to be at her career best. Petr David Josek / AP Photo
Only 111 days shy of her 32nd birthday, Williams seems to be at her career best. Petr David Josek / AP Photo
Williams, who had won 15 grand slam titles before yesterday, had not won a singles title at Roland Garros in 11 years. Michel Euler / AP Photo
Williams, who had won 15 grand slam titles before yesterday, had not won a singles title at Roland Garros in 11 years. Michel Euler / AP Photo
And that she did during a break between games. Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters
And that she did during a break between games. Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters
Williams had won 73 of her 76 matches going into yesterday's final. A staggering statistic. Stephane Mahe / Reuters
Williams had won 73 of her 76 matches going into yesterday's final. A staggering statistic. Stephane Mahe / Reuters
The American's winning streak has stretched to 31 matches. Another staggering statistic. Christophe Ena / AP Photo
The American's winning streak has stretched to 31 matches. Another staggering statistic. Christophe Ena / AP Photo