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Serena Williams wins French Open

Serena Williams powered her way to the French Open title Saturday with a straight sets victory over defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia.

The top seed from the United States ran out a 6-4 6-4 winner in one hour 46 minutes to clinch her 16th grand slam crown.

Sharapova put up a brave fight but could not prevent Williams from claiming her first French Open title since her maiden triumph in 2002.

The 26-year-old had not beaten her American opponent since 2004 and despite taking a 2-0 lead then found Williams an irresistible force.

Serving for the match, Williams took the first of two championship points, clinching it with a thunderous ace, her 10th of a gripping final.

“I was so nervous, I’m just happy to be champion,” she told the crowd on the Philippe Chatrier Court, speaking in French.

“I played a great tournament and ran into a really tough champion today,” said the beaten Sharapova.

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