Sharapova Outlasts Scrambling Halep for 2nd French Open Crown
by Staff | June 7th, 2014, 1:48 pm

World No. 4 Simona Halep has become known for her defense, but Maria Sharapova showed the best of both worlds, offense and defense, in defeating the Romanian 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 on Saturday in 3 hours, 2 minutes in the second longest women’s final at the French Open.

The 6-foot-2 Sharapova used her eight-inch height advantage over Halep to hammer baseline winners that made the difference, despite serving nerves that resulted in double-digit double faults.

Halep served for the second set twice before finally winning in a tiebreak. In the third Halep had great difficulty holding serve against the Russian’s baseline bashing, but broke back to even the set at 4-4. But in the next game Sharapova broke Halep at love and held for the victory.

“I am so emotional right now I don’t know what language to speak,” Sharapova said on court after showing her French fluency. “I wish I could cut this trophy up and hand a piece to you all,” she said to her team box.

Sharapova went 19-1 during the claycourt season with three titles. It was her fifth career Slam and second French Open title and she’s won 20 straight 3-set matches on the clay including the last four in Paris.

The win also was her 5oth at the French Open, and her two titles equal her with rival Serena Williams.

Halep was playing in her first career Grand Slam final. The Romanian hadn’t dropped a set until the final and has now lost all four matches with the Russian, the last two in three sets.

“It’s my first Grand Slam speech, so emotionally it’s really difficult for me,” said Halep who’ll move to No. 3 in the World. “But I wish to have many more. But of course this one will be very special for me all my life.”

Sharapova’s now won five Grand Slam titles (all in even years) and 32 for her career. The 27-year-old begins the second half of the season ranked No. 5 but has virtually no points to defend for the rest of the year.

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10 Comments for Sharapova Outlasts Scrambling Halep for 2nd French Open Crown

Hippy Chic Says:

Not her fault as you can only beat whomever is stood in front of you,but Garbine saved Maria the bother of having to beat Serena,still Serena wasnt good enough so matter ends there,well done Maria….

Hippy Chic Says:

I cannot predict a winner TBH,i want Rafa to win,however i wont be too dissapointed if Novak wins,i just hope for a cracking contest,five sets would be fitting of these two greats….

andrea Says:

nice win for maria….what a slug fest. and more breaks of serve that you could shake a stick at. credit to both players. after being broken, they came back to re-break time and time again.

halep is a quiet player but slides around the court and gets shots that you think she’ll never get. i like her.

maria’s coach needs to make her take balls out of the air and/or volley! by letting so many balls bounce, she gave halep time to get them back. she could have save a lot of energy on additional points.

Eric Says:

It must take a lot of mental gymnastics to think that Sharapova’s trophy is in any way diminished because your personal favorite got hammered out in the second round…

Hippy Chic Says:

Eric if that post was for me,all i was saying is Marias root gets easier when Serenas not around,but that doesnt diminish Marias win as Serena wasnt good enough to get there,so matter ends,and in any case Serena isnt my favorite as i dont have a favorite female tennis player,they are all a much of a muchness really IMO….

Humble Rafa Says:

Gutsy win by Shriekapova. It is almost like Humble grew a pair of girls and fought for every point.

This will increase Sugarpova sales.

RZ Says:

Sounds like it was a good match and that Halep provided a lot of resistance. I really hoped she would win but it seems that she is good enough to have other chances. I look forward to seeing more of her in the later rounds of tournaments.

RZ Says:

Not about the women’s match, but how nice for Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger Vasselin to win the men’s doubles for the home team? Especially nice as Benneteau has been in 9 singles finals but never won. He said he wouldn’t trade any of those singles finals for his RG doubles crown.

Johanna Says:

Nice move Maria going into change your dress and take your time why don’t you? I have been playing tennis for 60 years, am not a pro and never miss a ball toss, is that another one of your ploys? You make Halep wait while she is serving, great court manners with that one. And love the fact you got extra coaching from your ‘team’ which is totally illegal. In my book, Halep won. BTW will you stop screaming when the ball is OVER THE NET ON THE OTHER SIDE once again mental game. Just play tennis.

Raja Says:

Hard fought win. It is great that she has been able to remain a top class competitor for a decade.

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