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Serena Williams wins women's French Open 2015 championship

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Williams is just two Grand Slam titles away from all-time leader Steffi Graf.

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Serena Williams won her 20th career Grand Slam singles title, defeating Lucie Safarova in the French Open on Saturday, 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2.

With No. 1 Williams a point away from winning in straight sets, No. 13 Safarova rallied several times to force a much closer match than anyone anticipated. Completely outplayed in the first set and down 4-1 in the second, Safarova won four straight games to go up 5-4 and, after Williams regained a 6-5 lead, forced a tiebreak that she dominated, 7-2.

Safarova won the first two games in the third set before finally succumbing to Williams, whose relentless strength eventually overpowered her competitor.

Williams won even though she was battling through a flu that caused her to skip her post-match press conference after beating No. 23 Timea Bacsinszky on Thursday so she could see a doctor. The illness may have factored into her struggles in the second set. Williams committed 42 unforced errors in total.

It's only Williams' third French Open victory, also winning in 2002 and 2013. Williams won the Australian Open earlier this year to set the stage for her win and now sits just two Grand Slam titles back of Steffi Graf's 22.