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French Open 2012: Maria Sharapova Completes Career Grand Slam

Maria Sharapova completed the career Grand Slam on Saturday, defeating Sara Errani in straight sets.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09:  Maria Sharapova of Russia serves in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia serves in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Add Maria Sharapova's name to the tennis record books.

The Russian tennis superstar defeated Sara Errani in straight sets on Saturday, winning with ease 6-3, 6-2 and claiming the French Open title. Sharapova had already reclaimed the WTA's No. 1 ranking just by winning the French Open semifinal, and the win helps cement her status as the game's best female player once again.

With the French Open title, Sharapova has now completed the career Grand Slam. Sharapova won her first Grand Slam event at Wimbledon in 2004, when she was just 17 years old. Sharapova's next Grand Slam win didn't come until 2006, when she won the US Open. It would be another two years before Sharapova won another Grand Slam event, when she won the Australian Open.

Now after a four year wait, Sharapova has won the French Open and has completed the career Grand Slam.

We'll see if Sharapova can take home another Grand Slam event before the year is over -- and she'll have two more opportunities to, at Wimbledon and at the US Open.

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