Maria Sharapova Completes Career Grand Slam With French Open Win
Maria Sharapova has already won the U.S. Open. She’s already won the Australian Open. She’s already won Wimbledon. And today, the 25-year-old Russian won the French Open with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Sara Errani.
Sharapova, who once said she felt like a “cow on ice” while playing on a clay court, said:
“If it was my only one it would be just as special as wining my fourth.”
According to USA Today, Sharapova is just the 10th woman to win all four Majors. Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006, the Australian in 2008, and today she claimed her first French Open victory, completing a career Grand Slam. The last person to accomplish the feat was Serena Williams in 2002.
Mercury News reports that Sharapova got off to a 4-0 start during the championship match, but Errani was able to fight back and made the Russian tennis player work for her fourth Grand Slam title. The match, which was full of long volleys, lasted 89 minutes.
Sharapova, addressing her fans in her best French, said:
“I don’t know what else to say in French… I’m really speechless. It’s been such a journey for me to get to this stage.”
Sharapova entered the tournament at Number 2. but will now regain the number one spot. Maria Sharapova was last ranked number one in the world in 2008, shortly before she had shoulder surgery.
Errani, who was playing in her first Grand Slam final, will move into the top 10.