Report: French Open 2012 -
Article published the Sunday 10 June 2012 - Latest update : Sunday 10 June 2012
Queen Maria Sharapova wins French Open 2012
Maria Sharapova kisses the trophy during the ceremony after defeating Sara ErraniReuters/Regis Duvignau
Five things we learned from day 14 at Roland Garros.
- That players notice an empty stadium. Sara Errani said she was nervous about playing her first grand slam final and mentioned that she was slightly freaked by the fact that the centre court was full.
- That Maria Sharapova is truly a comeback queen. Four years after last holding the world number one spot, she is up there again. That takes guts and determination.
That La Sharapova has entered rarified atmosphere. She is only the 10th woman to have won all four grand slam events.
- Sara Errani is going to have to get a chunkier serve. Maria Sharapova danced all over it during the women's final and though Errani probably has greater variation in her game, she was always on the defensive.
- That no one seems to win without fuss any more. It's all falling on the floor and rolling around in the clay. Gone are the days of a handshake to the beaten adversary and the umpire and a shy salute to the spectators. It's all multi-coloured pomp and circumstance. Get them into whites.