serena williams defeated world #2 maria sharapova of russia 6-4, 6-4 to win the 2013 french open singles championship. the victory at roland garros was williams' second there - 11 years after she beat her older sister venus in 2002, which is the longest gap for any woman. williams now has 16 major singles titles.
last year, williams shockingly lost in the first round at the french open. her record is 74-3 since, including titles at wimbledon, the olympic gold medal in london, the u.s. open & the year-ending wta championships. the 31 year-old african-american became the oldest woman to win a major since martina navratilova won wimbledon in 1990 at age 33.
williams, who has a home in paris, said in french during the trophy ceremony, "eleven years. i think its unbelievable. now i have 16 grand slam titles. its difficult for me to speak because i'm so excited." she served 10 aces, three in the final game, the last at 123 mph on match point. williams extended her career-best winning streak to 31 matches. she is 43-2 this year, including 23-0 on clay.
rafael nadal beat fellow spaniard david ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to become the first man in tennis history to win the same major singles title eight times. the king of clay also broke the men's record for match wins at roland garros. he improved to 59-1, his lone defeat in 2009 against robin soderling in the fourth round.
seeded fifth in the tournament, nadal returned to the tour in february after a seven-month layoff caused by knee trouble. he's 43-2 this year, with seven titles in nine tournaments. nadal has won his last 22 matches. he said, "this one is very special one. when you have period of time like i had, you realize that you don't know if you have the chance to be back here with this trophy another time."
nadal came into the final with a 16-match winning streak on clay against his buddy ferrer, ranked #4 in the world. at age 31, ferrer was playing in his first major singles final. the win gave nadal an astounding career record of 72-34 against the top four players in the world. he now has 12 major singles titles, tying roy emerson, two behind pete sampras' 14 & five behind roger federer's 17.
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