Maria Sharapova

Serena Williams poses with the Suzanne-Lenglen trophy. Williams lost just 29 games in the entire tournament, matching her own grand slam record. Photo: AFP

Serena Williams ends long wait to make it sweet sixteen

Serena Williams won her 16th grand slam title and her first French Open championship since 2002 yesterday, relentlessly chasing down one shot after another to defeat familiar foil Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4.