And the title goes to - Serena and Wawrinka
French Open 2015 has been a season of hits and misses with Serena Williams clinching her 20th Grand Slam and Stanislas Wawrinka winning his second major title. Serena, the reigning queen overcame her flu, to beat Lucie Safarova in three sets to win her 3rd French Open title. An inspired Wawrinka denied the World No.1 Djokovic, his dream of a career grand slam.
The QF of French Open proved disastrous for the likes of Nadal and Federer. Nadal, the unbeaten king of clay faced Djokovic, to be handed a bitter defeat. Similarly, Federer played fellow Swiss man Wawrinka, who beat the former world No.1 in straight sets. Other QFs saw Murray and Tsonga in men & Serena, Timea, Ivanovic and Safarova in women ease into the semis.
Rafael Nadal, who won 9 French Open titles since 2005 had only lost once in his 70 previous matches at Roland Garros. The Spaniard though seems no more to be the king that he was as he fell in straight sets to the versatile Djokovic. With a new champion to claim the title, one wonders if it is an end of Nadal's era.
The semi final match between Serena and Timea ended as expected as Serena cruised into the finals of yet another Grand Slam of the year. Lucie Safarova defeated the former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic in the second semi finals, to reach her first ever Grand Slam final. Safarova also became the first Czech woman to reach the French Open final in 34 years.
Stan Wawrinka reached his first French Open final overcoming the Frenchman Tsonga. Stan was booed by the crowd at the end of the match for beating the home favorite. Novak Djokovic continued his winning trail by taking down Andy Murray in a 5-setter semi final. This will be a 3rd French Open final for Djokovic. In his last two finals, he lost to Rafael Nadal.
A career grand slam in tennis means, being able to win all four major titles - Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open. Seven men and ten women have won Career Grand Slams in singles play.