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Serena Williams snags third French Open title

Serena Williams snags third French Open title

PARIS - Overcoming a mid-match lull and a third-set deficit, Serena Williams won her third French Open title and 20th major singles trophy by beating 13th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 on Saturday.

The top-ranked Williams took the last six games and added to her championships on the red clay of Roland Garros in 2002 and 2013.

She stretched her Grand Slam winning streak to 21 matches, following titles at the U.S. Open last September and Australian Open in January.

Only two women in the century-plus history of Grand Slam tennis have won more big titles than the 33-year-old American: Margaret Smith Court with 24, and Steffi Graf with 22.

She is the first woman since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to win the Australian Open and French Open back-to-back and will head to the grass courts of Wimbledon this month with a chance to extend a bid to do just about the only thing she has not done: win a calendar-year Grand Slam.

Her three French Open titles now go alongside six each from the U.S. Open and Australian Open, and five from Wimbledon.

AP

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