Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Serena Williams’ highs and lows at the French Open

Serena Williams of the United States of America

Serena Williams of the United States of America plays against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during Day 5 of the Bank of the West Classic at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on August 1, 2014 in Stanford, California. photo | afp 

Paris. Serena Williams’s highs and lows at the French Open as the 23-time major winner prepares to make her Grand Slam return next weekend in Paris:

1998: 16 years old and making her debut, reaches fourth round where she loses to Spain’s Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 4-6, 7-5, 6-3

2002: Wins first of three French Open titles by beating sister Venus 7-5, 6-3 in final having knocked out top seed Jennifer Capriati in semi-finals

2012: Suffers worst Grand Slam defeat, losing to French world number 111 Virginie Razzano in first round, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3

2013: Wins second title in Paris with 6-4, 6-4 triumph over bitter rival Maria Sharapova

2014: Second round defeat to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-2. “It was one of those days. You can’t be on every day, and, gosh, I hate to be off during a Grand Slam but it happens. It’s not the end of the world,” says Serena who was chasing an 18th career major

2015: Claims a third French Open title by seeing off Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-2, sealing a second ‘Serena Slam’ of holding all four Slams at the same time

2016: Loses her title to Muguruza in a 7-5, 6-4 defeat in final

2017: Sits out Roland Garros due to pregnancy

2018: Ranked 454 in the world and having played just four matches on the WTA Tour all year, Williams returns to Roland Garros seeking a 24th Grand Slam title which would take her level with Margaret Court’s all-time record. (AFP)

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