French Open Results 2012: Sharapova Wins First French Open

After winning Wimbledon in 2004, it seemed like Maria Sharapova was poised to take over the tennis world. However, her career has proven to have some ups-and-downs, highlighted by a shoulder injury in 2008 that caused her to fall out of the top-100 in the rankings and nearly brought an end to her career. Despite different set backs, Sharapova pulled off a remarkable career achievement, as she beat Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-2, to win her first French Open and complete the career Grand Slam.

Sharapova, who held a 10-inch height advantage over Errani, dominated the match with her powerful serve. She recorded six aces in the win and and had 25 winners from the baseline, highlighting the strength advantage she had on her ground strokes.

Following her Wimbledon win, Sharapova won the U.S. Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008. After the long grind back to top form, Sharapova has reached the pinnacle of her sport, as she will ascend to the No.1 ranking in the world following this title.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more comprehensive coverage of the 2012 French Open, please stay tuned to this StoryStream. For lots more on all things tennis, keep checking SB Nation's dedicated tennis hub.

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