Sharapova Wins French Open, Shaky Serve and All

That's two in 3 years for Russian

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 7, 2014 11:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Maria Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years today, overcoming some shaky serving 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, though she lost in last year's final to Serena Williams. Halep, who was ranked only 57th heading into last year's French Open, was playing in her first major final.

Russia's Maria Sharapova during the final match.
Russia's Maria Sharapova during the final match.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Romania's Simona Halep clenches her fist after a point.
Romania's Simona Halep clenches her fist after a point.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Russia's Maria Sharapova after her win.
Russia's Maria Sharapova after her win.   (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
Russia's Maria Sharapova is the new French Open champ.
Russia's Maria Sharapova is the new French Open champ.   (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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