Misery of 2012 drives Serena to Paris triumph

Her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou described her efforts as those of an "immense champion" and that last year's shattering loss had created a new-look Serena Williams.

updated: June 09, 2013 08:17 IST
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Paris: Serena Williams admitted that her first round humiliation at the 2012 French Open helped inspire her to victory in Saturday's final, her second Paris title coming 11 years after her first.

The 31-year-old American became the oldest women's winner at Roland Garros in the Open era with her 6-4, 6-4 victory over defending champion Maria Sharapova.

It gave her a 16th Grand Slam singles title and took her record to 74 wins in 77 matches since she suffered her worst loss at a major 12 months ago when Virginie Razzano dumped her out of the first round in Paris.

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