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French Open 2012: Maria Sharapova Wins First French Open Title, Completes Career Grand Slam

The 2012 French Open crowned a first-time champion on Saturday, the No. 2 seed in the women's draw, Maria Sharapova. The Russian defeated No. 21 seed Sara Errani handily 6-3, 6-2 to capture her first French Open title, and complete the career grand slam. Sharapova joins Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, Margaret Court and Serena Williams as winners of the career slam in the Open era.

This was the third appearance for Sharapova in a final in her last four grand slam events. It was also Sharapova's first grand slam championship since the 2008 Australian Open. Sharapova was sidelined for 10 months in 2009 with a shoulder injury.

Sharapova made quick work of Errani, winning in just 89 minutes. Sharapova dominated Errani on the the Italian's second serve, winning 70 percent of the points, and the Russian also won more than half of all return points. Errani was playing in her first ever grand slam singles final.

You can see a full French Open scoreboard at SI.com.

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