How Many Times Has Serena Williams Lost at French Open?

Published 05/27/2021, 9:01 AM EDT
Serena Williams of the United States in action against Kristie Ahn of the United States in the first round of the Women’s Singles competition on Court Philippe-Chatrier during the French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on September 28th 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Serena Williams is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to have ever graced the tennis court. Having won 23 Grand Slams, she has showcased her mettle at all major tournaments, decimating everyone on her way to the title. However, that hasn’t been the case at the French Open.

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It’s not like Williams has never emerged victorious at the French Grand Slam; she is a three-time French Open champion. However, among all the Grand Slams, she has the lowest win percentage at Roland Garros. It is at this Grand Slam that she has suffered some embarrassing losses.

Serena Williams’ record at French Open

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Overall, Serena has a 66-13 record at Roland Garros. She is a three-time champion in Paris and holds an 83.5% win percentage.

Serena Williams of The United States celebrates victory. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Serena won her first Roland Garros title in 2002, which was the first Slam in the ‘Serena Slam’. From the 2002 French Open until the 2003 Australian Open, Serena won all four Grand Slams.

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After 2002, Serena never made it through to another French Open final until 2013. Between 2013 and 2016, Serena saw a great period in which she reached three French Open finals in 2013, 2015, and 2016. She was victorious in 2013 and 2015, but lost the final in 2016.

1998-2002, Serena Williams wins one French Open

Serena’s first French Open loss came in 1998. She made her French Open debut that year, ultimately losing in the fourth round. Next year in 1999, Serena reached the third round. She didn’t play in 2000 and in 2001 reached the quarterfinals before winning the title in 2002.

Serena Williams of the USA trains as her father Richard Williams looks on during day five of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 28, 2009 in Paris, France. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

French Open title drought and first-round exit

During the French Open title drought between 2002 and 2013, Serena reached one semifinal, four quarterfinals, and saw a third-round exit. The year before winning her second French Open title in 2013, Serena suffered her one and only first-round exit from a Grand Slam.

In 2012, Serena suffered a first-round defeat at the hands of World no.111 Virginie Razzano. Serena even had two match points during the match but succumbed to a first-round exit. However, Serena turned her form around in the second half of the season. She held a 33-1 record during the period winning Wimbledon, US Open, and the London Olympics gold medal.

Two French Open titles, injuries, and early knockouts

In the 2013 French Open, Serena was reborn as she triumphed against the defending champion Maria Sharapova. She dropped just one set in the entire tournament and played her best clay-court tournament.

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But then, in 2013, Serena suffered a second-round exit at the hands of Garbine Muguruza. Continuing her topsy-turvy run at French Open, she won the 2015 Roland Garros, which was later part of another ‘Serena Slam’ from the 2014 US Open to 2015 Wimbledon.

Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her match. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Since 2015, Serena has reached only one final in Paris. In 2016, Serena was beaten in the Roland Garros final by Muguruza. Since 2017, Serena has played in Paris thrice. In the three attempts, Serena has withdrawn due to injury in 2018 and 2020. Moreover, she lost to Sofia Kenin in the third round in 2019. Garbine Muguruza and Jennifer Capriati have both beaten Serena the most at French Open with two wins each.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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