2002 French Open
The 2002 edition of French Open saw Serena Williams defeating defending champion Jennifer Capriati in the semi-finals to book a place in the final against her sister Venus Williams, who had defeated Clarisa Fernández to make her way to the final. This time, Serena took revenge for her loss to her elder sibling in the final of 2001 US Open, as she won the final 7-5, 6-3 to take home her first French Open title.
This has been considered to be one of the most important matches in Serena’s career, as it paved way to ‘The Serena Slam’. The French Open title was the first step for Serena towards her dominance in women’s tennis for the next couple of years as she went on to hold all Grand Slam titles, and became the fifth woman to do so in the history of women’s tennis. She defeated Venus in the next 4 Grand Slam finals, eventually losing to her a 17 year old prodigious Maria Sharapova in the final of 2004 Wimbledon.