World number one Serena Williams secured her second Roland Garros title on Saturday after she ousted defending champion Maria Sharapova in a highly competitive women’s singles final 6-4, 6-4. This means that Williams has increased her head to head series lead against Sharapova to 14-2. The Russian has not beaten the top-ranked American since 2004.
Last year, Williams was on a hot streak before the French Open but uncharacteristically bowed out of the first round to Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano. Since then, the American has won the Wimbledon title, the Olympic singles gold medal and the US Open. This year, the American has compiled a perfect claycourt season with title wins in Charleston, Madrid, Rome and now at the Roland Garros tournament.
Sharapova made career history a year ago when she won the Roland Garros, becoming only one of the few tennis greats to complete a Career Grand Slam. The Russian defeated Italian Sara Errani for the title in 2012.
With virtually no points to defend because of her first round loss last year, Williams solidified her lead among the rest in the world rankings and we’ll find that out when the new rankings are updated on Monday.