Paris, France (Sports Network) - Russian superstar Maria Sharapova became the 10th woman in history to capture a career Grand Slam with a straight-set victory over diminutive Italian Sara Errani in Saturday's French Open title match.
The second-seeded Sharapova cruised past Errani, the No. 21 seed, 6-3, 6-2 in 89 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier to become the sixth woman in the Open Era to complete the career Slam.
Sharapova improved to 4-3 in her career Grand Slam finals, with the other victories coming at Wimbledon in 2004, the 2006 U.S. Open and 2008 Aussie Open.
The tall Russian appeared in her third Grand Slam final at the last four majors. She lost to Petra Kvitova in last year's Wimbledon finale and succumbed to current No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in January's Aussie championship match. Sharapova defeated Kvitova in the semifinals here in Paris on Thursday.
Sharapova, who will become the new WTA world No. 1 on Monday, improved to a surprising 18-1 on clay this year, including a 16-0 mark on red clay.
More to follow.
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