Why Has Serena Williams Not Won a French Open Since 2015?

Published 05/26/2021, 4:55 AM CDT
LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – AUGUST 14: Serena Williams serves during her match against Shelby Rogers during Top Seed Open – Day 5 at the Top Seed Tennis Club on August 14, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


Not many players have contributed to tennis in the way that Serena Williams has. The American starlet has accomplished a lot in the game, but she still continues to fight for the biggest honors in the sport. 

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As the tennis world comes closer to the French Open 2021, take a look at Serena Williams’ performances in Paris. In her long illustrious career, the American player has won 23 Grand Slam titles. However, she has managed to win only three Grand Slam titles in the French capital. 

PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 31: Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated on victory by Ashleigh Barty of Ausralia following their ladies singles second round match during day five of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 31, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by XIN LI/Getty Images)

Serena Williams won her first French Open title in 2002

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Whenever Williams ended up winning the French Open, she was unable to defend her title. The gap between her first (2002) and second (2013) title at Roland Garros was massive. The French Open happens to be the Grand Slam event she has enjoyed lesser success at as compared to the other three tournaments. 

Her results since her last win in 2015 have been unimpressive. In the following year in 2016, she came to touching distance but lost in the final. After that, she was unable to play in 2016 as she was pregnant. From 2018 to 2020, her results were making it to the fourth round, third round, and second round respectively. 

Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Besides the French Open, since 2015, Serena has managed to win only one title on the clay-court events – the Italian Open 2016 in Rome. Over the years, there have been a number of great players that have enjoyed tremendous success in the tournaments played on other surfaces but have been less successful on the clay courts. 

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Nonetheless, Serena Williams has still managed to win three Grand Slam titles at the French Open. Not many players from the current era have managed to do that in the women’s game. 

Currently, the American star is in Paris, hoping to lift her 24th Grand Slam title. Only time will tell if she can go the distance and achieve that incredible record. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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