Women's tennis star and world number one, Serena Williams has won her first French Open championship since 2002. The victory is her 16th Grand Slam singles title, making her the tournament's oldest women's champion.
World number one Serena Willams defeated defending champion Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 6-4 in Saturday's French Open final.
In a match lasting one and three-quarter hours, the 31-year-old American hit ten aces - including three in the final game - to broaden her career-best winning streak to 31 matches.
"Eleven years," said Williams in an address in French to the Chatrier court crowd during the trophy ceremony, referring to the time since her last win. "It was a very difficult match today, I was nervous as well."
Williams congratulated Sharapova, remarking that her opponent: "She played a beautiful final; She's a great champion. I hope to be with her again next year."
Sharapova responded by saying, "I played a great tournament and I ran into a really tough champion today."
The victory makes Williams the oldest woman to win a major title since Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon, aged 33, in 1990.
On Sunday, Rafael Nadal will aim to become the first man to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam event when he takes on David Ferrer in an all-Spanish final.
jlw/rc (Reuters, AP, AFP)