French Open: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to win title

World number one Serena Williams won the French Open for the first time since 2002 with a 6-4 6-4 victory over defending champion Maria Sharapova.

Williams, 31, recovered from an early break of serve to earn her 13th win in a row over the Russian, a run stretching back nine years.

The American faltered briefly in the middle of the first set before closing it out in 51 minutes.

An early break in the second helped Williams to a 31st successive victory.

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