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Sharapova claims French title

Maria Sharapova completed the full set of grand slam titles by winning the French Open final at Roland Garros. After winning Wimbledon and the Australian and US Opens early in her career, the French triumph caps a career comeback that has taken her back to the top of the world rankings.

Sharapova beat Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 with a display of power-hitting and brilliant returning that never let her diminutive Italian opponent in with a chance in the match. Errani was playing in her first grand slam final, while this was Sharapova’s seventh. After the years of struggling against injury, the title obviously meant a great deal to the Russian.

Sharapova had battled back from major surgery on her shoulder in 2008. She had reached the last Wimbledon final and the Australian final in January, but this victory completed the comeback.

"It's a magnificent moment in my career," she said, accepting the trophy from the former champion Monica Seles. "It's been such a long journey to get here today, through all the injuries. No matter how many grand slams you win, to be here and win this one, even if it was the only one, would be just as special as winning all four."

Sharapova still wants to win more grand slam titles. "This definitely gives me even more motivation," she said. "Eight years ago it was here that I made my breakthrough in a grand slam, reaching the quarter-finals. I'm so happy to be here and to win this tournament."

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