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Serena Williams, Halfway to History

Williams’ French Open victory was her 20th major win, four behind the women’s all-time career record.

Finally at ease, she could win the first Grand Slam in over 25 years. It was midway through the French Open final on June 7, and Serena Williams’ F bombs were flying faster than her bullet serves. “Aaaaaaaah!” and “Come on!” and choice four-letter exertions echoed around the red clay court as the world’s best women’s player bumbled away a comfortable advantage over lower-seeded Lucie Safarova. “I’m like, ‘How can you miss that, Serena? What are you doing out there?’” Williams tells TIME. “‘You make this shot a million times. Why are you missing it now?’ I’m trying to get myself boosted.” Tied 2-2 in the decisive third set, Williams aced Safarova and dropped another loud F bomb. Boosted. She would go on to win four straight games, closing out her 20th major…


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