Maria Sharapova became the tenth woman in tennis history to win all four Grand Slam titles as the HEAD racquet rebel defeated Italy's Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 to complete her matched set of career trophies by claiming the French Open. Sharapova also takes over as world No.1 again, returning to the top four years after her last appearance at the summit. The 25-year-old was dominant against Errani, whom she had never played before.
"This is such an incredible moment," said Sharapova, winner of WTA clay titles this spring in Stuttgart and Rome. "I've worked so hard to get to this stage. There were so many emotions when I won the last point."
The winner, who has fought back from a shoulder injury and seen it pay off only in the last two seasons, paid tribute to her HEAD racquet, which she switched to last season. "When I picked up the racquet and tested it out, I knew that right away I loved it," said Sharapova. "It was just different than I have had in the past."
The Russian cited her switch to HEAD as one of the many changes she has made after recovering and rehabbing from her shoulder surgery. "I have a new team, a new coach and new racquet. A lot of little changes have paid off. I'm here now and it's all been worth it."
Sharapova added Paris to her major titles at Wimbledon 2004, the US Open 2006 and the Australian Open four years ago. Sharapova won on her third match point after saving a break point in the final game. She then fell to her knees in disbelief, and rushed to the net to shake hands before leaping in joy at her accomplishment.
"This is a magnificent moment of my career. I'm speechless," said the winner. "It's been such a journey to get to this stage. I have so many people to thank, especially my wonderful team.”