Maria Sharapova wins 2012 French Open, beats Sara Errani to complete career Grand Slam

By on Jun 10, 2012 in Europe, Sports, Tennis Comments

Maria Sharapova won her first French Open trophy on Saturday, June 9, 2012, after beating Sara Errani and became the 10th woman to complete a ‘career Grand Slam‘, or to win all four major tournaments.

Maria Sharapova, holding her 2012 French Open
trophy, after beating Sara Errani (June 9, 2012)

Image Credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

As noted at BBC Sports that day, Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova beat her Italian opponent Sara Errani in the 2012 French Open Finals, 6-3, 6-2, held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.

According to the report, Sharapova and 21st-seeded Errani had never met before, and the latter posed a threat during their match to win the title despite her opponent was a clear favorite, after she won three clay court tournaments before the 2012 French Open.

Nevertheless, Sharapova notably had bigger serve and bigger groundstrokes, and her height at 6’2″ has been observed as an advantage against Errani, who stands at 5’5″. After she won, Maria shook hands with Sara and jumped several times with her arms above her head.

Sharapova, 25, who won her fourth Grand Slam title after winning the 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 U.S. Open, and the 2008 Australian Open, ranked as second-seeded when the 2012 French Open started. She regained the world no. 1 ranking when she reached the finals, after beating Petra Kvitova.

The last time Sharapova ranked as No. 1 was in June 2008 right before the 2008 French Open, when then No. 1 Justine Henin suddenly retired. Back in January, she withdrew from the 2012 Brisbane International due to ankle injury.

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