Nadal, Williams Win French Open

  • The Arena
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • June 10, 2013, 3:37 PM

rafael nadal serena williams 2013 french open champions

Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams pulled off perhaps the least surprising Grand Slam victories this weekend when they won the men's and women's singles finals at the 2013 French Open.

Williams ripped through her competition all tournament long, losing only one set. In the championship round on Saturday, she defeated Maria Sharapova in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. It was Williams' second French Open championship.

Nadal, meanwhile, played a match for the ages in the semifinals on Friday when he defeated top-ranked Novak Djokovic in a four-and-half-hour, five-set classic. You might think that would wear someone down. Not Rafa. He's inhuman on the clay court of Roland Garros. Going into the final round, he had a 58-1 record in Paris. On Sunday, Nadal made it 59-1 as he crushed fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 for his eighth French Open title.

Next up for Nadal and Williams: Wimbledon. The grandest of Grand Slams takes over London June 24-July 7.

Who do you think is the favorite to win Wimbledon? Can Nadal and Williams make it two Grand Slams in a row?

Photos: (left) Matthew Stockman/Getty Images, (right) Michel Euler/AP

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