PARIS, France (Sat, Jun 09) – Newly crowned world number onewill face Italy's , who entered the tournament ranked No. 21 in the world, but cruised into finals beating two former champions at Roland Garros, along with two top 10 players.
Number 21 seed Sara Errani has wins over, Melanie Oudin, #13 Ana Ivanovic, #26 , and #10 in the quarterfinals. Errani also beat #6 in the semifinals.
Sharapova beat Petra Kvitova, ranked fourth, in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals to claim the top spot and confirmed her berth the finals. This is Sharapova's first appearance in the finals at Roland Garros. Though she has won grand slam titles on other courts, she has struggled on the clay surface.
Sharapova hasn’t won a grand slam since the 2008 Australian Open; but she has the titles of Australian, Wimbledon, and U.S. Opens on her credit.
Both the finalists are 25 years old and both were raised to play tennis in the state of Florida at a young age, leaving their native homes to hunt commendation in the sport they had been gifted in from birth.
Sharapova and Errani have never played before; therefore, it will take some time to figure each other out but expect a war of erosion. Expect three sets with multiple game points, possibly even match points. Most of all, expect the winner to explode in joy when the match is over.
This tournament has been exciting for both Errani and Sharapova. And the winner deserves all the admiration she will get.
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