Maria Sharapova completed the career grand slam Saturday when she won the French Open title in straight sets over Italy’s Sara Errani.
Sharapova treated the crowd at Roland-Garros to a 6-3 and 6-2 win, which featured 37 winners and six serving aces. Errani fell behind early in both sets and even though she won a few games, she wasn’t able to catch Sharapova.
The win was Sharapova’s first grand slam title since the 2008 Australian Open. The grand slam journey began for Sharapova in 2004, when she defeated Serena Williams 6-1 and 6-4 at Wimbledon. Her win over Williams helped put her in the top 10.
Her next grand slam came in 2006 at the US Open as she defeated Justine Henin 6-4 (twice).
With her French Open win Saturday, Sharapova will become the No. 1 ranked player in the world by the WTA. The last time Sharapova was ranked No. 1 was in 2008. During that time, Sharapova had been playing with a torn rotator cuff and had to miss a good part of the 2009 season.
Also with the win Saturday, Sharapova joined a rare list of female grand slam winners. Sharapova is one of 10 players to achieve the mark, joining such players as Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, Martina Navraltilova and Steffi Graf. The last player to get a career grand slam was Serena Williams in 2003.
Saturday’s French Open Final was Sharapova’s second for the season. She lost in the Australian Open Final in January to Victoria Azarenka.
For Errani, the 25-year-old played earlier in the day as she teamed with Roberta Vinci to win the French Open Doubles title over Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-2. Errani’s match against Sharapova was her first grand slam final as a singles competitor. She reached the quarterfinals at this year’s Australian Open. Errani reached the finals by defeating defending US Open champion Samantha Stosur in the semifinals.