Although it may have been the most hard-earned major in her sterling career, Serena Williams proved why she is one of the greatest tennis players ever, male or female. Winning the 20th major of her career at the 2015 edition of the French Open, she defeated Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3 6-7 (2) 6-2. Seeded 13 at the French Open, Safarova was making her first appearance in the finals of a tennis major.
Still showing signs of fatigue from the flu, Williams was unable to capitalize on a 4-1 advantage in the second set. Perhaps more surprising was the fact that she was behind 2-0 in the third.
Her ability to fight back the flu was akin to Michael Jordan, who battled the illness while leading the Chicago Bulls to their sixth league championship. Both sporting heroes added to their legend with such memorable performances.
In the aftermath of a dramatic victory, Williams became only the third woman in the history of tennis to win at least 20 majors. Ahead of Williams is Steffi Graf, who won 22 during the Open Era. Taking into account that Williams (who is also ranked No. 1 in the world) has already won two majors this season, and three straight (dating back to the 2014 US Open), she could finish the season by matching Graf. The fact that Williams won the first two Grand Slams of the season makes her the first since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to do so.