Sara Errani and Maria Sharapova to meet in the final of Roland Garros

June 8, 2012

WTA Tennis News

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Errani will now face Maria Sharapova in the final at Roland Garros. (Photo credit: FFT)

Roland Garros – Paris Sara Errani seems to have exploded onto the tennis platform during the last couple of weeks and the 5ft4 ½ inch Italian may be small, but she has proven she is mighty.  She is enjoying one of her greatest seasons in her career and she has secured her place in the final of Roland Garros – her first ever appearance in a Grand Slam final.

The WTA Tour has been dominated heavily over the years by tall, muscular players with power-ball play and strength as their main armory, but the Italian has proven that with grit, determination, positivity and a nothing-to-lose attitude, she can out-power some of the toughest opponents and conditions out there on the court.

At the start of the tournament, the quick moving Italian would not have been a strong contender to be in the finals, let alone win the tournament despite having won three titles already this year in Acapulco, Barcelona and Budapest. Most of the attention was directed at Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria, who crashed out early and lost her world No.1 status to Roland Garros finalist Maria Sharapova who is looking for her first Grand Slam since winning the Australian Open in 2008.

World No.24 Errani is the first lowest-ranked player through to the final in 12 years and with such little pressure or expectation on her shoulders going into the match, the Italian will relish her centre stage appearance and hope the enormity of the occasion will not hinder her performance.

Her 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 victory over Roland Garros finalist Samantha Stosur will undoubtedly boost her belief and confidence going into the match, having avenged her loss to the Aussie in her home country tournament of Rome just two weeks earlier, despite having never beaten a top 10 player in 28 attempts this year coming into this tournament.

The red Parisian clay and changeable conditions have obviously suited her style of play and her ability to adjust to difficulties as she has knocked out some incredibly difficult and experienced opponents such as former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova plus recorded two straight victories over top 10 players – Angelique Kerber (world No.10) and Samantha Stosur (world No.6).

The finalist that will meet Sara Errani is 2nd seed Maria Sharapova who has secured the top spot in the rankings from Monday after booking her place in the final.  The pair have never met before and it will be their first encounter on centre stage in Paris. In fact, the match will offer up a lot of firsts for the two athletes: Their first meeting between the two, Sharapova has secured the first position in the ranking, she is also vying for her first French Open title and Errani is in her first Grand Slam final.

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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