PARIS, FRANCE (JUNE 6, 2015) (REUTERS) – World number one Serena Williams posed with her French Open trophy on Saturday (June 6) hours after she won her 20th grand slam singles trophy, beating Czech Lucie Safarova 6-3 6-7(2) 6-2.
Williams proudly posed for photographers and fans, with the Parisian landmark the Eiffel Tower as a background.
The American, who skipped practice on Friday (June 5) because of a bout of flu, opened up a 6-3 4-1 lead but suddenly slumped as the 13th-seeded Safarova stormed back into contention, even moving 2-0 up in the decider.
But Williams regained her composure and won the last six games to win the claycourt major for the third time after her 2002 and 2013 titles.
She is now third on the list of all-time major champions behind Australian Margaret Court (24) and German Steffi Graf (22).