Stan & Serena Crowned Champions In Paris

Jun 8, 2015

Stan Wawrinka and Serena Williams were crowned the respective men’s and women’s singles champions at the end of a fantastic two weeks of tennis at Roland Garros in Paris, Wawrinka’s win over the world No.1 and pre-tourney favourite Novak Djokovic was somewhat unexpected, however there were clear signs throughout the fortnight that Stan the man was playing at a similar level to when he won the 2014 Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal, Williams on the other hand struggled to get her ‘A’ game going throughout the event and a virus also kept the world No.1 from performing in peak condition from about the third round onwards, both players claimed the respective silverware for winning their respective events in Paris, but each player achieved success in completely different ways.

Wawrinka lost in the first round of the French Open last year and most would have scoffed at the thought of Stan adding another Grand Slam title leading into the tournament at RG in 2015, although Stan clearly enjoys playing on the red dirt, his lead up performances before the French Open left a lot to be desired, however this proved to be a positive thing for Stan as he came into the tournament completely under the radar with many tipping him to be bundled out before the quarter-finals, he started well in round one and never looked back, Wawrinka stated himself that he felt things all coming together when he arrived in Paris and started practicing on the famous clay courts of Roland Garros, nobody obviously told Novak.

Serena on the other hand almost always starts any tournament she plays in as the warm favourite, the American didn’t have the best lead in to Paris either having lost to the Czech Petra Kvitova in the Madrid semi-finals and then picking up a niggly elbow injury and having to withdraw in Rome prior to Roland Garros, but even a Serena at less than her best is still a tough player to beat, you don’t win 20 Grand Slam singles titles without knowing how to tough out some big wins when you need them, Serena showed plenty of resilience throughout the fortnight, although at times she could have cut down on some of the theatrics as everybody knew she was slightly under the weather, once Williams had reached the big dance at the French Open, Lucie Safarova and a virus weren’t going to stop Serena from claiming her 20th major singles title.

Congratulations to Stan Wawrinka and Serena Williams on a job well done, they took different paths to get to the summit in Paris but both players achieved the end goal of being crowned the 2015 singles champion on the clay courts at Roland Garros.

Written by: Tono

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