Serena Williams run to this third French Open title was a bumpy one at times. She had several three set matches in which she dropped the first set against formidable opponents like Victoria Azarenka and Sloane Stephens but roared back to win. She battled the flu in her semifinal round match with Timea Bacsisczky but came back to win in three sets.
She was so ill that she couldn't even train yesterday, but there she was on Court Philippe Chatrier for the 2015 French Open final against the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova.
It started in dominating fashion with Serena taking the first set 6-3. She was cruising at 4-1 in the second set and serving for a 5-1 lead when in her words in the post match interview 'she choked'.
Williams stopped playing her A++ game as Lucie Safarova seized the early Christmas gift to get back into the set and win it in a tiebreaker. 6-7 (2-7) to even the match.
A pissed off Serena, upset that she blew her opportunity to close it out in straight sets, fell into an 0-2 hole in the third set before she kicked up her game another level that Safarova tried to match but couldn't. Williams won the next six games to take the match 6-2 and hold the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen for the third time.
It was Serena's 20th Grand Slam title, tying her with Steffi Graf, her third straight Grand Slam win since the 2014 US Open, her third French Open title and first since 2013.
And how apropos at the conclusion of this successful business trip to Paris, she's hoisting the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen on D-Day..
And oh yeah,Serena haters. she's halfway to a calendar year Grand Slam. The next Grand Slam is across the Channel at the All England Lawn Tennis And Croquet Club starting June 29, which has been her and Big Sis' personal playground throughout her career..
See y'all at 'Williams'-don..