Serena Williams does not have Roland Garros as her best ally and yet she shone. It is the most elusive Grand Slam for her since she “only” won it three times: 2002, 2013 and 2015.
Of course that 2002 was special. Key tournament for her to step onto the world top for the first time in her career as before she turned 21 she won the French Open and also Wimbledon to reach the Top WTA. Weeks later, in an incredible season, she also won the US Open and with the same victim in all three finals: her sister Venus.
That of 2002, moreover, was the second Major of her career, after the 1999 US Open. “I can’t believe it, my first Roland Garros, it’s a dream come true”, were Serena’s first words, “It’s very sweet , because I’ve finally won another big one after three years. “
After receiving the cup, Serena had words towards her older sister: “Thank you for supporting me all, including you, Venus, you are the best sister in the world.”
Before that final, only twice the title of a Grand Slam had two sisters contested, in 1984 at Wimbledon, Maud Watson defeated Lilian, 6-8, 6-3 and 6-3, and in the US Open 2001 Venus beat Serena 6-2, 6-4.