The world No.1 overcame nine double-faults and a mid-match meltdown to defeat Safarova 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 this morning to earn her third title in Paris after also reigning in 2002 and 2013.
The fighting win lifted Williams above 1920s legend Helen Wills-Moody into outright third place on the women's all-time grand slam leaderboard.
Only Australian Margaret Smith Court, with 24 slams, and Steffi Graf (22) remain ahead of Williams, who could conceivably match the German's open-era record haul by the end of the year...
Serena Williams captures her third French Open title. (Getty Images)
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The world number one American Serena Williams clutches the 2015 French Open trophy. Photo: PHOTOSPORT
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Serena Williams proudly displays the French Open trophy after her hard-fought victory over Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic. Photograph: Michel Euler/AP