Sharapova v Errani: Let’s Play ‘Will She Choke?’ at French Open
by Staff | June 8th, 2012, 10:24 am

Women’s tennis fans are in for another delightful game of “Will She Choke?” when new world No. 1 Maria Sharapova takes on Italian Sara Errani in the 2012 French Open final.
When we played “Will She Choke?” in the semifinals, it was Aussie Sam Stosur who grabbed her throat late in the third set against Errani, losing 7-5, 1-6, 6-3, sailing second serves way long and making some really questionable shot selections.

That’s what happens in Grand Slam pressure.

“I think you’re always going to be a bit nervous going into a semi,” said Stosur, following up a massive choke in the 2010 French Open final against Francesca Schiavone. “It’s a semifinal of a Slam. Of course you’re going to be nervous. I don’t know if that beforehand affected me throughout the match. I just didn’t do enough, really. Just sucks that it happened here today.”

Neither Sharapova nor Errani have appeared in the final at Roland Garros before, so the chances of the Sharapova service yips returning, or Errani feeling the moment, will loom large.

Sharapova was more than impressive in rolling past reigning Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova in the semis. Now it remains to be seen whether she can keep hitting winners and retain her composure when Errani hits her bunny of a second serve during their encounter.

Errani has thus far beaten former French Open champions Ana Ivanovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova, and a former finalist in Stosur.

“I didn’t expect [this],” Errani said. “I don’t feel like Top 10, but now I will be, so it’s a strange sensation, because I have to just after this tournament just relax and think. Maybe my problem always was that I couldn’t believe too much to win with the strong players. Now I beat three in a row. I’m in the final in a Grand Slam. So I have to maybe try to think a bit different.”

Sharapova also faces the added pressure of closing out a career Grand Slam.

Ready to spin the wheel and play “Will She Choke?” For once we’d like to see this game bypassed, and see a women’s French Open final where one player steps up and both compete to their fullest.

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7 Comments for Sharapova v Errani: Let’s Play ‘Will She Choke?’ at French Open

Ben Pronin Says:

If Sharapova chokes this time, I’ll lose the little respect I’ve gained for the women’s tour this year permanently. If she wins, she’ll have 1 slam with 2 other finals in the past 4 slams. If she was on the men’s tour, that’d be a joke. But that’s great for the women’s game, and definitely a great indicator of why she’s number 1. But if she loses, there’s no defending that.

Wheeler Says:

I just hope Errani wins. Can’t stand that shrieking Sharapova, nor her horrible serve. Why she didn’t only choose modeling and acting as her career?

Kimberly Says:

I think she will not choke.

jane Says:

I hope she serves like she did in the semi. And that she puts away Errani’s second serves. She wants to avoid getting into extended rallies.

Errani/Vinci won the ladies doubles title today.

blah Says:

over/under 10 breaks of serve?

Wheeler Says:

Okay I guess I said a pretty nasty thing about Sharapova yesterday in the comment above. Apologies and congrats to her. Shrieking or not, she has achieved a career Grand Slam and that is to be respected. Congrats Maria and don’t let the nasty commenters (like me) bother you.

skeezer Says:


I have not liked Maria either. But I enjoy watching her game now and think she adds charactor and flavor to the game. What turned ne around? The mute button. ;)

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