2013 French Open – Women's Singles

Serena Williams defeated defending champion Maria Sharapova in the final, 6–4, 6–4 to win the Women's Singles tennis title at the 2013 French Open. It was her second French Open singles title, her 16th major singles title overall, and she completed the Double Career Grand Slam in women's singles with the win.[1][2] She also became the oldest woman to win the French Open (a record she later surpassed herself in 2015) and set a record for the longest gap between French Open titles (her last being in 2002).[3][4] With the win, Williams expanded her win-streak to 31 matches, dating back to the Miami Open.[4] She lost only one set during the tournament, that being to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals.

Women's Singles
2013 French Open
ChampionUnited States Serena Williams
Runner-upRussia Maria Sharapova
Final score6–4, 6–4
Events
Singles men women boys girls
Doubles men women mixed boys girls
WC Singles men women quad
WC Doubles men women quad
Legends −45 45+ women
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It was the first time the top two seeds contested the French Open women's singles final since 1995 and the first time overall since the 2004 Australian Open.

It was also the first appearance of future Olympic gold medallist Monica Puig in the main draw of the major, having lost to Carla Suárez Navarro in the third round.

SeedsEdit

01.    Serena Williams (Champion)
02.    Maria Sharapova (Final)
03.    Victoria Azarenka (Semifinals)
04.    Agnieszka Radwańska (Quarterfinals)
05.    Sara Errani (Semifinals)
06.    Li Na (Second round)
07.    Petra Kvitová (Third round)
08.    Angelique Kerber (Fourth round)
09.    Samantha Stosur (Third round)
10.    Caroline Wozniacki (Second round)
11.    Nadia Petrova (First round)
12.    Maria Kirilenko (Quarterfinals)
13.    Marion Bartoli (Third round)
14.    Ana Ivanovic (Fourth round)
15.    Roberta Vinci (Fourth round)
16.    Dominika Cibulková (Second round)
17.    Sloane Stephens (Fourth round)
18.    Jelena Janković (Quarterfinals)
19.    Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Second round)
20.    Carla Suárez Navarro (Fourth round)
21.    Kirsten Flipkens (Second round)
22.    Ekaterina Makarova (First round)
23.    Klára Zakopalová (First round)
24.    Julia Görges (First round)
25.    Lucie Šafářová (First round)
26.    Sorana Cîrstea (Third round)
27.    Yaroslava Shvedova (Second round)
28.    Tamira Paszek (First round)
29.    Varvara Lepchenko (Third round)
30.    Venus Williams (First round)
31.    Alizé Cornet (Third round)
32.    Sabine Lisicki (Third round)

QualifyingEdit

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

FinalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
               
1   Serena Williams 6 3 6
    Svetlana Kuznetsova 1 6 3
1   Serena Williams 6 6
5   Sara Errani 0 1
4   Agnieszka Radwańska 4 66
5   Sara Errani 6 78
1   Serena Williams 6 6
2   Maria Sharapova 4 4
12   Maria Kirilenko 632
3   Victoria Azarenka 77 6
3   Victoria Azarenka 1 6 4
2   Maria Sharapova 6 2 6
18   Jelena Janković 6 4 3
2   Maria Sharapova 0 6 6

Top halfEdit

Section 1Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
1   S Williams 6 6
  A Tatishvili 0 1 1   S Williams 6 6
Q   Y Beygelzimer 3 4 WC   C Garcia 1 2
WC   C Garcia 6 6 1   S Williams 6 6
  M Niculescu 2 3 26   S Cîrstea 0 2
  J Larsson 6 6   J Larsson 1 4
  K Bertens 7 5 2 26   S Cîrstea 6 6
26   S Cîrstea 5 7 6 1   S Williams 6 6
19   A Pavlyuchenkova 4 77 6 15   R Vinci 1 3
  A Hlaváčková 6 654 19   A Pavlyuchenkova 5 6 4
  P Cetkovská 6 6   P Cetkovská 7 2 6
  O Puchkova 0 2   P Cetkovská 1 6 2
Q   G Voskoboeva 4 6 7 15   R Vinci 6 2 6
Q   G Min 6 4 5 Q   G Voskoboeva 4 6 2
WC   S Foretz Gacon 3 0 15   R Vinci 6 4 6
15   R Vinci 6 6

Section 2Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
10   C Wozniacki 6 6
  L Robson 3 2 10   C Wozniacki 623
Q   B Záhlavová-Strýcová 3 2   B Jovanovski 77 6
  B Jovanovski 6 6   B Jovanovski 4 62
  P Parmentier 0 1   S Kuznetsova 6 77
  M Rybáriková 6 6   M Rybáriková 6 2 2
  S Kuznetsova 6 6   S Kuznetsova 1 6 6
22   E Makarova 4 2   S Kuznetsova 6 4 6
29   V Lepchenko 6 6 8   A Kerber 4 6 3
  M Lučić-Baroni 1 2 29   V Lepchenko 77 6
  R Oprandi 3 6 1   E Svitolina 651
  E Svitolina 6 4 6 29   V Lepchenko 4 77 4
  J Čepelová 77 2 6 8   A Kerber 6 636
  C McHale 636 4   J Čepelová 2 2
  M Barthel 662 8   A Kerber 6 6
8   A Kerber 78 6

Section 3Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
4   A Radwańska 6 6
  S Pe'er 1 1 4   A Radwańska 6 6
  M Burdette 6 6   M Burdette 3 2
  D Vekić 3 4 4   A Radwańska 6 6
Q   D Pfizenmaier 7 6 Q   D Pfizenmaier 3 4
  M Minella 5 1 Q   D Pfizenmaier 6 6
  U Radwańska 77 646   U Radwańska 3 3
30   V Williams 6577 4 4   A Radwańska 6 6
24   J Görges 680 14   A Ivanovic 2 4
Q   Z Kučová 710 6 Q   Z Kučová 6 2 0
WC   V Razzano 78 6 WC   V Razzano 4 6 6
WC   C Feuerstein 664 WC   V Razzano 3 2
  C Scheepers 5 1 14   A Ivanovic 6 6
  M Johansson 7 6   M Johansson 2 2
  P Martić 1 6 3 14   A Ivanovic 6 6
14   A Ivanovic 6 3 6

Section 4Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
11   N Petrova 6 5 4
  M Puig 3 7 6   M Puig 6 77
  M Keys 6 6   M Keys 4 62
  M Doi 3 2   M Puig 4 5
WC   I Pavlovic 3 4 20   C Suárez Navarro 6 7
WC   S Rogers 6 6 WC   S Rogers 6 4 4
  S Halep 6 2 2 20   C Suárez Navarro 3 6 6
20   C Suárez Navarro 3 6 6 20   C Suárez Navarro 7 4 3
32   S Lisicki 6 6 5   S Errani 5 6 6
  S Arvidsson 3 4 32   S Lisicki 6 6
  MT Torró Flor 6 7   MT Torró Flor 4 0
Q   J Glushko 2 5 32   S Lisicki 0 4
  A Morita 2 3 5   S Errani 6 6
  Y Putintseva 6 6   Y Putintseva 1 1
  A Rus 1 2 5   S Errani 6 6
5   S Errani 6 6

Bottom halfEdit

Section 5Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
6   N Li 6 6
  A Medina Garrigues 3 4 6   N Li 7 3 2
  B Mattek-Sands 6 6   B Mattek-Sands 5 6 6
  L Domínguez Lino 4 1   B Mattek-Sands 4 6 6
  T Maria 3 6 0 Q   P Ormaechea 6 1 3
Q   P Ormaechea 6 4 6 Q   P Ormaechea 6 78
  C Vandeweghe 0 6 2 27   Y Shvedova 4 66
27   Y Shvedova 6 3 6   B Mattek-Sands 5 4
23   K Zakopalová 632 12   M Kirilenko 7 6
  K Kanepi 77 6   K Kanepi 666 6
  S Vögele 6 2 6   S Vögele 78 3 8
  H Watson 4 6 4   S Vögele 635
WC   A Barty 7 2 6 12   M Kirilenko 77 7
  L Hradecká 5 6 1 WC   A Barty 3 1
  N Bratchikova 0 1 12   M Kirilenko 6 6
12   M Kirilenko 6 6

Section 6Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
13   M Bartoli 710 4 7
  O Govortsova 686 5 13   M Bartoli 77 7
  Kr Plíšková 2 0 Q   M Duque 655
Q   M Duque 6 6 13   M Bartoli 2 1
  M Czink 0 61   F Schiavone 6 6
  F Schiavone 6 77   F Schiavone 6 4 6
PR   F Pennetta 6 4 0 21   K Flipkens 1 6 3
21   K Flipkens 2 6 6   F Schiavone 3 0
31   A Cornet 7 6 3   V Azarenka 6 6
  MJ Koehler 5 2 31   A Cornet 6 6
  I-C Begu 3 2   S Soler Espinosa 1 3
  S Soler Espinosa 6 6 31   A Cornet 6 3 1
Q   S Záhlavová 2 1 3   V Azarenka 4 6 6
  A Beck 6 6   A Beck 4 3
  E Vesnina 1 4 3   V Azarenka 6 6
3   V Azarenka 6 6

Section 7Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
7   P Kvitová 6 4 6
WC   A Rezaï 2 6 3 7   P Kvitová 6 6
  S Peng 6 6   S Peng 4 3
  C Giorgi 4 2 7   P Kvitová 1 67
Q   AK Schmiedlová 77 2 6   J Hampton 6 79
  Y Wickmayer 656 2 Q   AK Schmiedlová 5 2
  J Hampton 77 3 9   J Hampton 7 6
25   L Šafářová 656 7   J Hampton 0 2
18   J Janković 6 79 18   J Janković 6 6
  D Hantuchová 4 67 18   J Janković 6 6
  Ka Plíšková 6 5 3   G Muguruza 3 0
  G Muguruza 4 7 6 18   J Janković 3 6 6
  K Mladenovic 6 7 9   S Stosur 6 3 4
  L Davis 0 5   K Mladenovic 4 3
  K Date-Krumm 0 2 9   S Stosur 6 6
9   S Stosur 6 6

Section 8Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
16   D Cibulková 6 6
  L Tsurenko 1 4 16   D Cibulková 2 6 4
  M Erakovic 6 6   M Erakovic 6 2 6
PR   E Baltacha 3 0   M Erakovic 4 77 3
Q   V King 77 6 17   S Stephens 6 656
  A Cadanțu 631 Q   V King 1 3
  K Knapp 2 5 17   S Stephens 6 6
17   S Stephens 6 7 17   S Stephens 4 3
28   T Paszek 4 3 2   M Sharapova 6 6
  M Oudin 6 6   M Oudin 3 1
  J Zheng 6 6   J Zheng 6 6
  V Dolonc 4 1   J Zheng 1 5
  E Bouchard 6 77 2   M Sharapova 6 7
  T Pironkova 1 62   E Bouchard 2 4
  S-w Hsieh 2 1 2   M Sharapova 6 6
2   M Sharapova 6 6

Road to the finalEdit

Since winning the French Open in 2002, Serena Williams had not advanced to the final of the event, last semifinal was in 2003 (lost to Henin). In 2008, she was the only former champion left in the draw, she lost to Katarina Srebotnik in the third round. In 2012, she lost in the first round to Virginie Razzano, a player ranked in the 100s. In 2013, however, she made quick work of her opponents advancing to the finals with an average match length of less than one hour and fifteen minutes.[5] She had problems in just one match, in quarterfinals against Svetlana Kuznetsova, when she was down 2–0 and break points in third set. However, she won six of last seven games to close out the match.

After reaching quarterfinals without dropping set, Sharapova needed two three-setters to reach final. First, she met 18th seed Jelena Janković and dropped the first set 6–0. In that set Sharapova committed 20 errors to just two from Jankovic. However, Jankovic lost her opening service game in the second set, which looked to be key for Sharapova as she could cool down after a horrible first set. In the semifinal she faced third seed Victoria Azarenka. Sharapova won the first set convincingly, but lost the second in the same fashion. But she eventually eased to a 5–2 lead in the final set and finished the match two games later to reach her second French Open final.

FinalEdit

First seeded Williams faced off against second seeded Maria Sharapova in the women's singles final. Williams came out aggressive, charging the net on the first point. Her aggression set up a triple break-point, but Sharapova fought back and held serve. She then broke Williams for a 2–0 lead. Williams broke back in the next game, then broke Sharapova twice more for a 6–4 first set. In the second set, Sharapova fought off five break points to hold in her opening serve.[5] After Williams held serve, Sharapova dropped a break with two consecutive errors in the fourth game.[1] From there, Williams went on to take a 5–4 lead with her serve coming up. She finished off the match with her tenth ace of the day. "She's always had a big serve," said Sharapova. "I think her second serve is better than it was in the past."[5]

For Williams, it was her 31st consecutive victory, a career best. She has beaten Sharapova 13 times in a row. When asked by a reporter if she still wanted to retire at her peak, Williams replied "That's my goal, but have I peaked yet?"[5] Commentary by Simon Briggs published by The Daily Telegraph described Williams' performance as "almost flawless".[1] "Sharapova actually played a fine match," said Briggs. "But it is so difficult to attack an in-form Williams because she can shut you down with the quality of her serve."[1]

By winning the 1 hour 46 minute match, Williams completed her second career Grand Slam.[5] It was her 16th major title overall, moving her within six of Steffi Graf's modern era record of 22 such wins, and within eight of Margaret Court's all-time record.[1] She also became the oldest women ever to win the French Open.[1]

Championship match statisticsEdit

Category   S. Williams   Sharapova
1st serve % 35/51 (69%) 42/76 (55%)
1st serve points won 27 of 35 = 77% 20 of 42 = 48%
2nd serve points won 8 of 16 = 50% 20 of 34 = 59%
Total service points won 35 of 51 = 68.63% 40 of 76 = 52.63%
Aces 10 2
Double faults 0 4
Winners 29 10
Unforced errors 21 17
Net points won 11 of 14 = 79% 2 of 2 = 100%
Break points converted 4 of 15 = 27% 2 of 2 = 100%
Return points won 36 of 76 = 47% 16 of 51 = 31%
Total points won 71 56
Source

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Serena Williams claims title with straight-sets win over Maria Sharapova". Daily Telegraph. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova: French Open final – as it happened". Guardian UK. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Serena Williams wins French Open". CBC Sports. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Serena Williams wins Roland Garros". Tennis Magazine. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e Henry Chu (June 9, 2013). "Serena Williams wins French Open, her 16th Grand Slam event title". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 11, 2013.

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