Serena Williams captures third career French Open title

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 06: Serena Williams of the United States poses with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen trophy after winning the Women's Singles Final against Lucie Safarova of Czech Repbulic on day fourteen of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on June 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Serena Williams, battling the flu, was reportedly too sick to even get out of bed on Friday following her dramatic comeback victory over Timea Bacsinszky in the French Open semifinal. But neither the nasty illness nor 13th-seeded Lucie Safarova could stop Williams from snagging the third French Open title of her career on Saturday at Roland Garros. She won 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 and was still visibly affected by illness symptoms at the press conference afterwards. “It makes this trophy really special,” Williams said, pausing to cough and blow her nose. ” I really wanted it. I wanted to win so bad.” The victory was Williams’ 20th Grand Slam title of her storied career.

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