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For Serena, it’s one for the record books! – Tola Adenle

June 6, 2015

Sports, Women

At today’s final of the French Open at the Phillipe Chartrier in Paris, Serena Williams seemed to turn back the clock in the dramatic third set to pull away from Lucie Safarova after a one-set all, down 0-2 in the first two games and down 0-30 in the third of the deciding set.

As she has done many times over her illustrious career, Serena proved she must never be written off till the end of any match.

Lucie played the match of her life as many had predicted, running off with a convincing second set even as Serena got back into the set which needed a tie break as she, too, had major break through and history on her mind and within grasp.  Her date with destiny for a grand slam title after several years was not to be but from the way she played today and throughout the tournament, AND the way she composed herself, that day should not be too far ahead.

It was Serena’s day as she goes down in history with this 20th grand slam as the third person in history – male or female – to win twenty majors following in the footsteps of Margaret Court and Steffi!

This is victory also enabled her earn another for the record books – equalling her own record of over a decade in winning three straight majors:  she won the last U.S. Open, the Australian Open and now this.

What’s next for Serena?  Only time, with a capital ‘T’ can tell, but the sheer willpower – and that’s saying a whole lot for a young lady who has always believed in herself – with which she seemed to have concentrated on the history book this last year and a little, makes it seem possible that she just might – MIGHT – pull Wimbledon, perhaps her favorite surface, AND her home court at the Billie Jean National Tennis Center off before taking a grand bow in New York this September.

And taking a bow without ever lifting another trophy for this young lady whose dad predicted when she was still a precocious little girl that she would be a Tennis Great along with her older sister, Venus – would still be a monumental achiever who, with her sis, brought power to the women’s game.

Power IS beautiful.  Congratulations, Serena, and thanks for giving real tennis lovers the world over such an enjoyable ride.  And thanks, too, Venus for leading your little sister along the path of greatness.

And much thanks to Richard for showing the world and leading many parents to see how they can coach their own kids.  Oracene, you’ve raised, among your kids, two champions and your role of being always there on the sidelines without ever giving off how you feel – victory or loss –  is a lesson to other parents.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 06, 2015.  4:07 p.m. [GMT]

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