[:en]Nothing could stop Serena Williams from completing the magnificent TWO-O on Saturday and the American joyously bounced around as she hoisted a grand slam singles trophy for the 20th time with victory at the French Open.
It was a victory that seemed unlikely as she raged at allowing a 6-3 4-1 40-15 lead slip through her fingers in the second set.
It was a victory that seemed unlikely 20 minutes earlier when Lucie Safarova had broken for a 2-0 lead in the third set.
Yet Williams is not considered one of the all-time greats for nothing and she screamed, shouted and roared her way to a 6-3 6-7(2) 6-2 victory over Czech 13th seed Safarova.
As Williams celebrated by raising both arms and looking skywards, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou held up two fingers in one hand and shaped an O with the other to signal her 20th triumph.
“I got a bit nervous but it’s alright, it’s a dream for me,” Williams told the crowd following a victory which left her only behind Margaret Court (24) and Steffi Graf (22) on the list of major winners.
“To win it (the 20th grand slam) here is special for me because I don’t always play very well here,” added Williams after being presented with the trophy by fellow American Martina Navratilova.
The result also left her one Wimbledon trophy away from completing what she calls the Serena Slam -holding all four slams at the same time for the second time in her career having also achieved the feat in 2003.
And in the men’s event, twelve years ago Novak Djokovic was a complete nobody in tennis circles but on Sunday he will be hoping to add his name to the greats of the sport as he bids to become the eighth man to complete the career grand slam.
He earned that opportunity by subduing British third seed Andy Murray 6-3 6-3 5-7 5-7 6-1 to set up a final showdown with Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka.
“This is the kind of situations that you work for entire year, to get yourself in a position to play against one of the biggest rivals and to fight for major titles. I’m just glad I overcome the challenge,” Djokovic said after beating Murray for the eighth successive time.