Serena Williams is so dominant that no player can come close to her, especially in Grand Slam finals. In Saturday’s championship match of Roland Garros, first it seemed that Lucie Safarova would have absolutely no chance, but the Czech stirred our emotions in the second set, showed her heart and gut and saved herself from the brink of defeat as not many players could with Serena on the other side of the net. Despite that resurrection and an initial lead in the decider, it was Serena who celebrated her 20th Grand Slam title and exposed her French language skills in the winner’s interview.
The world No.1 straightforwardly won the first set, by earning a break for a 3-1 lead and never looking back. Can you imagine that an average rally had less than 3 shots?! And on Safarova’s serve, from the moment her racquet touched the ball, Serena needed just about 2.2 seconds to finish the point. I mean… is there anything else I should say about how dominant Serena was.
However, even though it seemed that Serena would bury Safarova alive, Safarova rallied from 1-4 to 5-4 in the second set, then again from another break down at 5-6 to 6-6, and followed with dominance in the tiebreak. How amazing this turnaround was! Safarova turned a boring yet-another-Serena-victory final into a major fight and hope for her fans. The Czech even continued the momentum into the third set, breaking Serena’s serve right away and holding at love for 2-0. But that’s when Serena started rolling again, forgot about her human self, summoned her superwoman powers and grabbed the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen. Final score: 6-3 6-7(2) 6-2.
By virtue of her outstanding run at the French Open, Safarova will reach a new career-high ranking of No.7, while Serena will further consolidate her No.1 position, distancing herself from the second-ranked player by over two Grand Slams’ worth of points.
Serena is just the third player in history, male or female, who has won 20 Grand Slam titles. The American is in the category of her own, there’s absolutely no match, and my biggest nightmare as a tennis blogger would be to list all Serena’s career milestones, since I would need to spend my whole summer doing just that! LEGEND!
Respect for Lucie! She made this an amazing final. And should I mention that she’s also made the final in doubles? WOW! Good luck in that one! (photo: Jimmie48)