Maria Sharapova wins French Open 2012: In Pictures
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Maria Sharapova wins French Open 2012: In Pictures

Paris : France | Jun 09, 2012 at 9:26 AM PDT
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Eleven years after turning pro, Maria Sharapova wins her 4th Grand Slam bagging the womens French Open Saturday in crushing Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 at Roland Garros. It's a win-win situation for the second-seeded Sharapova, who on Monday was guaranteed of moving to No. 1 in the world WTA rankings regardless of the result, but of course winning the French Open trophy is added bonus.

In the first set Sharapova aided with whacking groundstrokes and serve got early 4-0 lead against the 21st-seeded Errani. The Italian playing her first Grand Slam final apperance bounce back and got her first break at 4-1, but obviously Sharapova hit harder than Errani to end the first set 6-3 in favor for the Russian. Errani who stands 5-foot-4 1/2 clearly struggled against taller and hard hitter 6-foot-2 Sharapova.

In the second set Sharapova goes on 2-0 lead as Errani scrambling well to stay alive in this match. Sharapova got the break twice move 5-2 within point away from the game set. Then the game is over with another powerful serve from Sharapova which Errani can't return.

Sharapova credits her Japanese trainer Yutaka Nakamura for helping boost her claycourt confidence and comfort. Maria Sharapova winning images flashed the big screen in Roland Garros as she kneel down for a moment and burst with joy jumping in the air. With more than a decade after she turns pro in 2001, Sharapova has nothing more to prove winning her 4th Grand Slam French Open.

Aside from French Open title, Sharapova won the Wimbledon in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008. She also become the 10th woman to win all four major tournaments.

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Maria Sharapova holds the trophy after winning the women's French Open final match against Sara Errani . The Russian won in two sets 6-3, 6-2. (Credit AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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