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Photos Du Jour: Serena Vs Maria

A packed crowd was on hand at Roland Garros to witness two of the all-time greats squaring off for the French Open title. Maria Sharapova started fast - but Serena Williams finished faster.

Published June 08, 2013 12:00

The Top 2 players in the world stepped out in the French Open final for the first time since 1995.
The Top 2 players in the world stepped out in the French Open final for the first time since 1995.
That year, the No.2 stepped up and beat the No.1 - and Maria Sharapova was having that kind of day.
That year, the No.2 stepped up and beat the No.1 - and Maria Sharapova was having that kind of day.
Sharapova came out like a house on fire, holding, breaking then building a 40-15 lead serving at 2-0.
Sharapova came out like a house on fire, holding, breaking then building a 40-15 lead serving at 2-0.
Having completed her Career Grand Slam at Roland Garros a year before, she was a crowd favorite.
Having completed her Career Grand Slam at Roland Garros a year before, she was a crowd favorite.
But that service game turned on a dime, as Serena Williams broke back and then held serve for 2-2.
But that service game turned on a dime, as Serena Williams broke back and then held serve for 2-2.
The match was incredibly competitive, but in the end Williams was just too good, ending it on an ace.
The match was incredibly competitive, but in the end Williams was just too good, ending it on an ace.
After a very tight 64 64 victory - it lasted an hour and 46 minutes - Williams dropped to the court.
After a very tight 64 64 victory - it lasted an hour and 46 minutes - Williams dropped to the court.
Williams' huge ace up the T on match point was her 10th ace of the match. She had no double faults.
Williams' huge ace up the T on match point was her 10th ace of the match. She had no double faults.
Williams also finished the match with 29 winners to 21 unforced - Sharapova ended with 10 to 17.
Williams also finished the match with 29 winners to 21 unforced - Sharapova ended with 10 to 17.
Williams converted four of a whopping 15 break point chances in the match, Sharapova two for two.
Williams converted four of a whopping 15 break point chances in the match, Sharapova two for two.
Williams has now also beaten Sharapova 13 times in a row - she is 14-2 overall in their head-to-head.
Williams has now also beaten Sharapova 13 times in a row - she is 14-2 overall in their head-to-head.
Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, a three-time champion at the French Open, presented Williams with her trophy.
Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, a three-time champion at the French Open, presented Williams with her trophy.
Williams has now won 31 matches in a row - the third-longest winning streak of the new millennium.
Williams has now won 31 matches in a row - the third-longest winning streak of the new millennium.
Williams wasn't the only one speaking French this year - Sharapova threw in a merci beaucoup.
Williams wasn't the only one speaking French this year - Sharapova threw in a merci beaucoup.
The Williams camp looked on as the World No.1 collected her second French Open and 16th Grand Slam.
The Williams camp looked on as the World No.1 collected her second French Open and 16th Grand Slam.
Williams now has five Australian Opens, two French Opens, five Wimbledons and four US Opens.
Williams now has five Australian Opens, two French Opens, five Wimbledons and four US Opens.
Williams headed into Paris for the traditional champion's photo shoot in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Williams headed into Paris for the traditional champion's photo shoot in front of the Eiffel Tower.
The shoot was perfectly timed with the sparkling of the Eiffel Tower, which happens on the hour.
The shoot was perfectly timed with the sparkling of the Eiffel Tower, which happens on the hour.
Williams' mother, Oracene Price, also took her turn in the photo shoot on Saturday evening.
Williams' mother, Oracene Price, also took her turn in the photo shoot on Saturday evening.
Williams is now 91-4 since the start of last April. Can anyone stop the World No.1 at Wimbledon?
Williams is now 91-4 since the start of last April. Can anyone stop the World No.1 at Wimbledon?
  • The Top 2 players in the world stepped out in the French Open final for the first time since 1995.
  • That year, the No.2 stepped up and beat the No.1 - and Maria Sharapova was having that kind of day.
  • Sharapova came out like a house on fire, holding, breaking then building a 40-15 lead serving at 2-0.
  • Having completed her Career Grand Slam at Roland Garros a year before, she was a crowd favorite.
  • But that service game turned on a dime, as Serena Williams broke back and then held serve for 2-2.
  • The match was incredibly competitive, but in the end Williams was just too good, ending it on an ace.
  • After a very tight 64 64 victory - it lasted an hour and 46 minutes - Williams dropped to the court.
  • Williams' huge ace up the T on match point was her 10th ace of the match. She had no double faults.
  • Williams also finished the match with 29 winners to 21 unforced - Sharapova ended with 10 to 17.
  • Williams converted four of a whopping 15 break point chances in the match, Sharapova two for two.
  • Williams has now also beaten Sharapova 13 times in a row - she is 14-2 overall in their head-to-head.
  • Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, a three-time champion at the French Open, presented Williams with her trophy.
  • Williams has now won 31 matches in a row - the third-longest winning streak of the new millennium.
  • Williams wasn't the only one speaking French this year - Sharapova threw in a merci beaucoup.
  • The Williams camp looked on as the World No.1 collected her second French Open and 16th Grand Slam.
  • Williams now has five Australian Opens, two French Opens, five Wimbledons and four US Opens.
  • Williams headed into Paris for the traditional champion's photo shoot in front of the Eiffel Tower.
  • The shoot was perfectly timed with the sparkling of the Eiffel Tower, which happens on the hour.
  • Williams' mother, Oracene Price, also took her turn in the photo shoot on Saturday evening.
  • Williams is now 91-4 since the start of last April. Can anyone stop the World No.1 at Wimbledon?
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