Maria Sharapova And French Open
Maria Sharapova And French Open, Maria Sharapova reached her first French Open final and reclaimed the No. 1 ranking by beating fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-3 Thursday, moving within one victory of completing a career Grand Slam.The second-seeded Sharapova lost her two previous Roland Garros semifinals.
She’ll face 21st-seeded Sara Errani of Italy with a chance to add to major championships she won at Wimbledon in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006, and the Australian Open in 2008. Sharapova would be the 10th woman with a title from each major.
Sharapova lost to Kvitova in last year’s Wimbledon final, and to Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open final in January. That propelled Azarenka to No. 1, but Sharapova will return to that spot for the first time since 2008 no matter what happens Saturday.
In men’s doubles, Canadian Daniel Nestor and partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus reached a third straight French Open final with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Italians Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace.
Nestor and Mirny won the trophy last year, and the 39-year-old from Toronto also claimed it in 2010 with former partner Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia.
Nestor and Mirnyi will face off in the Saturday final against the winner of the semifinal between second-seed brothers Bob and Mike Bryan of the U.S. and Pakistani Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands, seeded 10th.
The Nestor team won in 76 minutes with seven aces and breaks on three of 11 opportunities against the Italians, whom they defeated in an Australian Open third round meeting four months ago. (Toronto Star)
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