Serena Williams Wins French Open, 16th Grand Slam Title
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Serena Williams won the French Open today, her 16th Grand Slam title and her first French Open championship since 2002, defeating Russia’s Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4.

“Eleven years,” Williams said in French during the trophy ceremony. “I think it’s unbelievable. Now I have 16 Grand Slam titles. It’s difficult for me to speak because I’m so excited.”

Upon winning match point, the 31-year-old sank to her knees, screamed at the sky and buried her face in the clay. Sharapova hasn’t beat Williams since 2004.

“She played a beautiful final,” Williams said of Sharapova in French. “She’s a great champion. I hope to be with her again next year.”

Williams has a home in Paris and often practices there.

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Makkada B. Selah is a journalist based in New York City.