French Open Day 14: Williams bags third French Open title, Djokovic through to final

Serena Williams is French Open champion for the third time as the American overcame the tough challenge of 13th seed Lucie Safarova 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-2, as the world number one won a 20th grandslam title.

It was not all easy for the American despite winning the first set 6-3 and leading 4-1 in the second as Safarova pulled of an incredible comeback as she hit back with a double break broke straight back to level things back up at 4-4.

When it looked like all of Safarova’s hard work was going to be undone when Williams served for the championship after breaking the Czech woman, Safarova would not give up and broke Williams yet again to force a tie-break.

Serena Williams won her third French Open title and 20th grandslam image: bbc.co.uk

Serena Williams won her third French Open title and 20th grandslam
image: bbc.co.uk

A seventh double fault of the match from the world number one proved costly as Safarova won the tie-break 7-2 to level the match up and force a deciding set.

However, with all her experience Williams fought right back into it and after falling a break down in the third set, the 33-year-old hit back with three break points over the Czech to take the third set 6-2 and win her third French Open title.

After yesterday’s suspension of the men’s semi-final, play got back under way today and it was Novak Djokovic who booked his spot in the final preventing any comeback from Andy Murray.

The game was level at 3-3 in the fourth set as the world number one held a 2-1 set lead and Murray got off to a fantastic start today as he came back from two sets down to take the match to a decider after he broke the Serbian and held his serve to take the fourth set 7-5.

However, that is where it all fell apart for Murray as Djokovic won two break points as he ran out comfortable winner in the fifth 6-1 to win the match 6-3 6-3 5-7 5-7 6-1 and set up a final with Stan Wawrinka on Sunday.

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