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20 for Serena

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2015 | 6:00 AM
Serena Williams of the US poses with the French Open trophy.

PARIS (AP):

What started out as a stroll became quite a struggle for Serena Williams.

After going up by a set and two breaks in the French Open final Saturday, she double-faulted away that lead. Then, suddenly, she trailed in the third set.

As the tension thickened, Williams was warned by the chair umpire for cursing loudly. She even felt the need to hit one shot left-handed.

Ah, but when Williams plays her best, no one is better. Putting aside a lingering illness, a mid-match lull and a feisty opponent, Williams won her third title at Roland Garros and 20th Grand Slam singles trophy by beating 13th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2.

She won the last six games and added to her 2002 and 2013 championships on the French Open's red clay. Those go alongside six each from the US Open and Australian Open, and five from Wimbledon.

Only two players in the century-plus history of Grand Slam tennis have more: Margaret Smith Court with 24, and Steffi Graf with 22.