As you guys know, I absolutely love sports, almost as much as I love fashion and shopping! Tennis is a sport that I can watch every single day regardless of who’s on the court. Can’t quite put my finger on it but it does something for me. That something feels even bigger when the French Open rolls around. Played in Paris, France, Roland Garros is my favorite tennis tournament. It’s in PARIS for my hearts’ sake! I took french in high school and undergrad so it always holds a special place to me. Being in awe of the structures and architecture shown on the television screen during the matches, I’m in heaven. This also gives me a reason to brush up on my french lessons.
This years tournament features a woman who is practically fluent in the language of love, that is french. No, seriously, you guys, Serena Williams speaks french…in interviews and in front of the camera!
It’s been eleven years since an American won at Roland Garros and it’s only fitting that the title once again belongs to Serena Williams. After falling in the first round to Virginie Razzano of France in 2012, Serena powered her way back to become the “Queen of the Red Clay” once more for 2013.
After battling through illness and coaching changes, Serena powered through the rest of the tennis season last year to regain world number one. This seemed to only fuel her determination to win and win she did. Winning almost every tournament she entered, Serena was/is a force to be reckoned with. On the road to the final at the French Open, Serena Williams faced, overpowered top players like, Sorana Cirstea, Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani to name a few.
To gauge how incredible Serena is…she only dropped ONE SET the entire tournament and that was to Svetlana Kuznetsova. That’s 1 out of 15 sets played.
So yea, the women is bad!
Facing Maria Sharapova in the final championship round, Serena cruised passed last years trophy holder 6-4, 6-4 without dropping a set. Capturing her 16th Grand Slam title and second French Open title. Next up for the WTA’s top lady is The Championships at Wimbledon!
Pictured above, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams share the spotlight for a brief moment before the match began. Both women are Nike athletes…can you IMAGINE the money both Nike and their star athletes will make from this?! Sheesh! I mean, I’m ready to purchase Maria’s dress and Serena’s jacket right now! Of course I don’t stand a chance on a clay court but at least I’ll look good doing it.
Below, both players are walking across the court during a change-over (aka, after someone won a point, they switched ends, got water, then toweled off before settling at opposite ends.) I’m not sure what moment in the match this was but both women look to be in the zone and focused on the task at hand.
Fellow Americans, Bob and Mike Bryan (The Bryan Brothers) captured a second title at Roland Garros in the Men’s Doubles final. Defeating french countrymen Nicolas Mahut and Michael Llodra 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4) to complete a ten year gap between French Open titles. Today was definitely about the top players staying on top and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
If you’re up early today (Sunday) you’ll be able to catch the Men’s Championship match between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer (Ferrer, not to be confused with Federer.) This match will be crazy good!
Can’t wait to see what we’re in store during the rest of the 2013 tennis season!
UPDATE: Rafael Nadal claims his 8th Grand Slam Title and makes history while winning the French Open at Roland Garros! Beating David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in a little over 2 hours.