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Sharapova wins French Open for 2nd time



PARIS (AP) - Maria Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years, overcoming some shaky serving Saturday to beat fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the final.

Sharapova has struggled with her serve this week and had 12 double-faults in the final on Court Philippe Chatrier. But she was able to hold off Halep, and hold her serve in the final game, with steady groundstrokes that kept the Romanian on the run.

Sharapova also won the title at Roland Garros in 2012, completing a career Grand Slam. She lost in last year's final to Serena Williams.

Sharapova Wins In Epic French Open Final

Halep, who was ranked only 57th heading into last year's French Open, was playing in her first major final.

The men's final is on Sunday. Rafael Nadal will go for his ninth French Open title against Novak Djokovic.

Neither Sharapova nor Halep was able to hold serve consistently, with 16 combined breaks of serve in the match.

In the 10 games of the final set, there were five breaks. And at one point, the pair went on a run of six straight breaks of serve, starting with the final four games of the second set and ending after the first two of the third.

Sharapova often looked to be in control, even in the tiebreaker. She led 5-3, two points from victory, but then lost the next four points to even the score at one set apiece.

Sharapova's game on clay has improved immensely over recent seasons, but her serve is still giving her problems. She lost the first set in each of three previous matches at Roland Garros, with nine double-faults in the semifinal win over Eugenie Bouchard. She had eight doubles in the quarterfinals.

Part of the reason for her inconsistency comes from having surgery on her right shoulder in 2008. Before that, the 27-year-old Russian had won Wimbledon in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008. Since then, she has won the French Open twice.

But while Sharapova has been a star on the tour for a decade now, the 22-year-old Halep has only recently risen up the rankings and will move to No. 3 on Monday.

Halep was trying to become only the second Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam title. Viriginia Ruzici, now Halep's manager, won the French Open in 1978.

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shadyobama June 07 2014 at 5:07 PM

NOW THAT'S WHAT WE WANNA SEE...CUTE GIRLS WINNING IN TENNIS...

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BILLY June 07 2014 at 2:30 PM

Maria is my all time favorite.

She is an amazing player.

And just beautiful.

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brvrm555 June 07 2014 at 2:45 PM

sharapova is so hot. so sexy

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Sukeycat brvrm555 June 07 2014 at 3:56 PM

Amen to that!

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kristihapp June 07 2014 at 2:46 PM

Congratulations!! Beautiful and talented (and also very rich)!! I do not watch the matches though because of all the grunting. I guess I could turn the sound down but then could not hear the announcer so just skip it.......the men don't do tennis grunts do they???

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John kristihapp June 07 2014 at 3:32 PM

Some do yes.

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gary41745 June 07 2014 at 1:52 PM

the only way she won is because serena was not playing

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mechleer June 07 2014 at 1:47 PM

She would be a great champion if it was not for the screaming...

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cndjd June 07 2014 at 5:24 PM

Can't watch her play; the screaming or whatever that is drives me nuts

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FRANK cndjd June 07 2014 at 7:56 PM

SHE CAN SCREAM AT ME ANY TIME.............................

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goodgrief61945 cndjd June 07 2014 at 8:27 PM

Halep was grunting pretty loud in that last game.

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copspet June 07 2014 at 2:59 PM

I think Halep should have won this match. Too many bad line calls and making Halep wait continously for Sharipova even on the change over. I bet Sharipova would not have put up with all that if the situation was reverse. The whole game was changed due to this unfair favor on Sharipova. She has plently of money already. I have been watching Tennis for a while now and matches like this want to make me stop watching. When is somebody going to do something about the obvious favortism.

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abbafan320 copspet June 07 2014 at 3:58 PM

You sound like Serena Williams, whine and come up with excuses. Sharapova beat Halep fair and square. Halep played like and behaved like a real champion; she just came up short against a more experienced player. Great game, great players.

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BILLY abbafan320 June 08 2014 at 2:36 AM

Great post.

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Steve abbafan320 June 08 2014 at 2:54 PM

not sounding like Serena, but she is whining and complaining too much. agreed that Halep played great but just came up short. I think she has a chance at winning a slam, unlike Wozniacki. I knew Wozniacki was a flash in the pan and I've been proven correct. Halep is better

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swordplay62 June 07 2014 at 2:16 PM

Sure love the position she's in in that first picture! =D

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yo.massa swordplay62 June 07 2014 at 3:04 PM

Stay away from my dog.

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sticitinu swordplay62 June 07 2014 at 3:05 PM

mmmmmmm yesssss

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fhuf1988 June 07 2014 at 5:24 PM

RE MARIA SHARAPOVA: The WTA should stop Sharapova from screaming. If I were her opponent, I would complain. Sharapova's loud screaming makes me nervous. I have to turn down my TV to see the match.

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