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Photos: Serena Williams’ victory over Maria Sharapova in French Open final

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Serena Williams is now just two major titles away from tying the women's Open Era record (Getty Images)

Serena Williams is now just two major titles away from tying Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. (Getty Images)

Serena Williams defeated defending champion Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday to win the French Open.

It’s been a long, dominant road back to Paris for Williams, who lost in the first round last year. Since then, she’s won three of the last four Slams (and Olympic gold), taken over the No. 1 ranking (the oldest woman to do so) and compiled a 73-3 record.

Williams, who has won a career-high 31 consecutive matches, will go into Wimbledon as the overwhelming favorite to defend her title.

Here are some of our favorite photos from Serena’s 16th major title. Watch your back, Roger Federer. She’s coming for you.

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Sharapova produced her best performance against Serena in years, but it wasn’t enough to prevent her 13th consecutive loss to Williams. (Petr David Josek/AP)

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Has there ever been a more athletically gifted woman to play the sport? Between her speed and power, she’s virtually impossible to beat at her best. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Russian said she had to take advantage of her chances to stop Williams from steamrolling, and she made good on that, going 2-for-2 on break points. But her serve was no match for Serena’s return, and it’s the misses at 30-all that will haunt her. (Michel Euler/AP)

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Though Sharapova mounted her charge, Williams stayed calm, controlled and focused throughout. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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“Gosh darn it all to heck!” (Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images)

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Time to exorcise the demons. (Petr David Josek/AP)

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Hands up, head bowed. (AP)

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“Look ma! Trophy!” (Michel Euler/AP)

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This is what happens when you put the two biggest names in the women’s game on one stage. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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“Are you looking at my titles?” (Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images)

<> at Roland Garros on June 8, 2013 in Paris, France.

How big was this win? It brought these (formerly?) bitter rivals together. So, yeah, earth-shattering stuff. (Rindoff/Charriau/WireImages)

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It took 11 years, but Serena finally got those French bookends she’s always wanted. (AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Published On Jun 08, 2013
  • 5 comments
    brodney199
    brodney199

    There's nothing that Serena can't do right now, he competition is non-existent, only present when Serena isn't as motivated or driven to win. Great role model. At 31 yrs of age she's the oldest French Open Champ, oldest #1 in the history of the game and the only active player man/woman to have won multiple times at every grand slam #Legend

    dianejholder2
    dianejholder2

    A few years ago Serena wrote this in her autobiography "On The Line:

    "The general consensus was that I was a big, fat cow. That's what I kept hearing. My best days on the tour were behind me. They said I was a lost soul who'd been away from the game for too long to get back to the top. My first thought was, 'Moo'."  

    She ignored them all, went back to the drawing board, worked hard and proved them wrong.  That is the signature of a true Champion.  

    Respect to Sharapova, who goes into every match with Serena with the conviction that she can win, that is also the signature of a true Champion.

    On a lighter note, when I look at the pictures of all the losses of Maria to Serena I can't help putting thought bubbles over their heads (Serena's says "This is sooo much fun") (Sharapova's says "I hate her!")

    sieben13
    sieben13

    A great victory for a great champion , CONGRATULATIONS Serena, Go Serena, Go USA

    X10SPLYR
    X10SPLYR

    Two wins away from tying Open era record?  She's two away from Chris and Martina.  Isn't Steffi still a few more than that?  Am I confused?