Williams out to end Paris drought

Serena Williams will be looking to end a 10-year wait for another French Open title when she takes on Maria Sharapova in Saturday’s final (Williams 1/6, Sharapova 4/1 – Match Prices).

The 31-year-old has dominated the sport and, in particular, the Grand Slam events for the past decade, but has only won the year’s second major on one previous occasion.

That came back in 2002 with a straight-sets victory over her sister, Venus, and she had not returned to the Paris final until this year.

One semi-final appearance and four runs to the quarter-finals were all that the American had to show for her efforts in the French capital, as she has generally underachieved on the clay at Roland Garros.

But now the world number one has a chance to set the record straight and will take on an opponent that she has ‘owned’ in the past nine years, having lost only once to the Russian after her defeat in the 2004 Wimbledon final.

And, despite having achieved so much in the sport already, the Florida resident admits that getting her hands on the trophy a decade after last lifting it would make her very proud (Williams 2-0 – Set Betting – 4/9).

“It would be awesome for me,” she said. “I don’t think there’s anything that can describe how happy I would be.”

Williams has an incredible nine-year winning streak against the defending champion but is refusing to take anything for granted ahead of the showpiece event.

“I still have another match to play, hopefully to win, so two people are still fighting for the championship,” she added.

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