Saturday, 9 June 2012

Maria Sharapova beats Sara Errani to win the French Open

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova beat Sara Errani in the 2012 French Open final, 6-3 6-2 to claim her fourth and sweetest Grand Slam title following the trials and tribulations of her shoulder injury.  It looked like it might be a very one-sided affair when Sharapova raced into a 4-0 first set lead, but Errani found her way into the match and fought superbly well to prolong the match as long as she did.  In the second set, she tried everything in her artillery to throw Sharapova off but the Russian player was on fire from the baseline as she demonstrated her customary explosive groundstrokes.  She is a deserved champion and its great that she is the newly crowned world number one too because she is a great advertisement for the womens game.  Once again, she made a fantastic speech and watching her trying to fight off the tears when the Russian national anthem was played was very touching.

The womens tournament has been so-so for me at Roland Garros.  There were a few exciting matches here and there, but the tournament no doubt came second best to the mens in terms of high quality matches.  I have high hopes for Wimbledon though where Maria Sharapova will be the favourite, but will face stiffer competition with the likes of Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova at home on the grass.  

Highlights from the closing moments of this year's French Open Final

I loved the moment at 1:30 where the announcer called out Maria Sharapova as the runner-up... classic!

My predictions this week have been abysmal on the womens side! You can view my original predictions and preview page to see how badly I did :-D I can only improve at Wimbledon!!! Please keep following my blog as I have lots planned for the next couple of weeks :-)

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