Serena Defeats Sharapova to Win French Open

A year after losing the opening round for the first time in her career, Williams returned to the French Open to play one of her best tournaments.

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Serena Williams celebrates her victory over Maria Sharapova at the French Open. (Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

Serena Williams has handily defeated Maria Sharapova to secure her second French Open title, 11 years to the day after she beat her older sister, Venus, to win her first in 2002, USA Today reports.

Top-seeded Williams beat No. 2 Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 to secure her second French Open title, 11 years to the day after she beat her older sister Venus to win her first in 2002.

A year after crashing out of the French Open's opening round for the first time in her career, Williams returned to play one of her best wire-to-wire tournaments.

She dropped just 29 games, matching her best Grand Slam effort (she also dropped 29 games on her way to the 2002 U.S. Open title).

With 16 Grand Slam titles, the 31-year-old American trails Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova by two majors for sixth place all time.

Fist pumping and screaming "C'mon!" almost from the get-go, Sharapova survived a 0-40 deficit in the opening game and then broke Williams for 2-0.

But the 26-year-old failed to convert two game points on her serve the next game, and Williams -- invoking some vocal histrionics and menacing fist pumps of her own -- broke back.

Read more at USA Today.

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