ROLAND GARROS FINAL: SHARAPOVA VS HALEP – RECAP

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This Saturday we watched the pretty much legendary Women’s French Open final played between Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep. Everyone agreed this final was spectacular and both players showed the highest level of performance.

Maria Sharapova won her second Roland Garros title with the score 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4; the first title she got in 2012 when she defeated Sara Errani (6–3, 6–2). All in all, she played 11 French Opens, whereof 3 were finals.

It’s worth mentioning that it was the first 3-set-final played since 2001 (Jennifer Capriati defeated Kim Clijsters). It was an epic battle that lasted for 3 hours and 2 minutes. The first set was full of long rallies and the only thing you could do is holding your breath when the score jumped from advantage to deuce and then once again advantage-deuce.

The second set ended in a tiebreak and was won by Simona, who showed throughout the match unbelievable persistence (keeping in mind that it was her first-Grand-Slam-final-ever). Nobody actually expected this score and many known bookies, such as bet365 and William Hill, predicted that the match would be over in 2 sets; or if it were to be three, they expected Masha to drop the first set as she previously did with Stosur, Muguruza and Bouchard.

So it was a pretty bad start for Halep considering the fact that the last 41 matches played by Sharapova on French Open were won by her from the very first set. The statistic was against Simona but she made an amazing effort and won the second set in a tiebreak.

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The second set turned out to be a shock for Sharapova and she took a break to put it all together. When Masha returned to the court, she was ready to win. While Simona looked like the pressure finally got to her: unforced mistakes, double faults and Sharapova taking too much time to deliver a serve (eventually, she got a time violation warning for that; however, many would say in Masha’s defense that the sun was too bright and it was all hot and humid during that day).

To make a long story short, Sharapova nailed it even though she made a plenty of double faults (her weakest point on which she has to work before Wimbledon). Still Simona played at her best; no one could say that she didn’t put everything in that match. Yes, she was the underdog but it was a great starting point in her career. Now it’s just a matter of time for Simona to win her first Grand Slam title.

In an allegorical way, this match was a battle of present and future; Masha stood for the present and proved herself as one of the best players of today, while Simona – the future – showed that we should wait for great achievement from her and we can be safe and sound about the younger tennis generation (that could not be said about men’s tennis, where the “old-school” rules).

Only two weeks left until Wimbledon and everyone waits in anticipation to see what results will show Sharapova and Simona on grass courts; and do not forget about Serena Williams, who is the Wimbledon’s no.1 favorite, even though she dropped out of Roland Garros so early.

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