We were watching with bated breath and hopeful anticipation of the moment when we could again celebrate with the number one female tennis player in the world–and we did! Serena Williams defeated number two ranked Maria Sharapova to get her 16th Grand Slam title and her second French Open title. That day was also historical. She won it 11 years to the day she defeated her older sister, Venus, for the title in 2002.
“Eleven years,” Williams said in French during the trophy ceremony. “I think it’s unbelievable. Now I have 16 Grand Slam titles. It’s difficult for me to speak because I’m so excited.”
She should be excited! The 31 year-old played her best game ever with 10 aces–one on match point, but Maria Sharapova didn’t get walked on. She overcame an 0-40 deficit, but failed to deliver critical game points. Still she acknowledges the power and confidence of Serena as an amazing contender.
“Obviously it’s a little bit of confidence but also … we know she’s going to be able to hit a big serve,” Sharapova said. “I think if I was built like Serena I hope I’d be able to hit a big serve like that, too. “
Maria, we could all be so lucky. The best part is the good sportsmanship between the women.
“She played a beautiful final,” Williams said in French. “She’s a great champion. I hope to be with her again next year.”
“Merci beaucoup,” Sharapova responded with a laugh.
We are so proud of Serena who, at 31, would be considered old, but even she thinks she has more left to do.
“I really believe age is a number at this point, because I have never felt so fit,” Williams said. “I feel great. I look great.”
“I want to go out in my peak,” she said. “That’s my goal. But have I peaked yet?”
No, Serena. You haven’t peaked. There’s still more to do.
“I feel like my career is almost beginning again or something,” Williams said.
Yep…something like that! So what’s next for Serena? London, of course!
“I’m already focused on Wimbledon,” she said.
You GO girl!
Your Jersey Girlfriend,