Maria Sharapova was crownd the women's singles champion of the 2014 French Open after defeating worthy challenger Simona Halep of Romania in three sets, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 on Saturday in Paris, France.
It was a hard-earned victory for the who was seeded 7th and who beat the 4th seed Romanian in this Grand Slam.
“If somebody had told me at some stage in my career that I'd have more Roland Garros titles than any other Grand Slam, I'd probably go get drunk. Or tell them to get drunk, one or the other,” Sharapova said via the tournament's official website.
“You're not just born being a natural clay-court player … certainly not me. I didn't grow up on it; didn't play on it. I just took it upon myself to make myself better on it."
She was the better player in the championship match which took over three hours to finish. She was the best player in the tournament as well netting her second French Open title after a 2012 win. This was her fifth Grand Slam title winning all of the majors now in her career-- Australian Open in 2008, Wimbledon in 2004 and US Open in 2006.
“To look back seven or eight years and to think that I would be in that position, I would come through against an opponent that makes you play and hit and run and hits so many shots and recover in conditions that start from cold to being warm today. So much adversity is thrown at you, and I'm just proud I came through and I adjusted in all different situations and I end up with this (the trophy)," Sharapova added.
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