NOTES: Maria Sharapova, with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Sara Errani, became the sixthwoman in the Open Era to win all four Grand Slam championships.
With this win, Sharapova improved to 4-3 in Grand Slam finals, winning at the2004 Wimbledon Championships, 2006 U.S. Open, and Australian Open in 2008.
Sharapova took command of the final early. She quickly took a 4-0 lead in thefirst set. Although Errani showed some confidence when she broke Sharapova'sserve, both women held serve the rest of the set putting Sharapova up a set.
Sharapova dominated the second set, taking a 4-1 advantage and ultimatelywinning her first French Open. With six aces and 37 winners,Sharapova made her third title of the year look easy.
Although Errani lost in the final, her trip to Roland Garros last year wasnothing short of remarkable. Coming into the tournament, she was 0-28 againsttop-10 women, but she defeated both Sam Stosur and Angelique Kerber on herpath toward the final. In addition, she also beat Ana Ivanovic and SvetlanaKuznetsova, two former French Open winners.
All was not lost, as Errani and her partner Roberta Vinci won the French Openwomen's doubles title, defeating Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova in threesets. She was the first player to make it to both the singles and doublesfinals at Roland Garros since Kim Clijsters accomplished the feat in 2003.
This was the first match that Sharapova and Errani faced each other in theircareers and was the first time in a Grand Slam final that the women finalistshad not met head-to-head since the U.S. Open final in 2009, when Clijstersdefeated Caroline Wozniacki.
Monica Seles and Justine Henin are the only women to win the French threestraight years in the Open Era. Five other women have won it at least threeyears in a row -- Hilde Sperling, 1935-37; Helen Wills Moody, 1928-30; SuzanneLenglen, 1920-23; Jeanne Matthey, 1909-12; and Adine Masson, 1897-99.
The women's championship match has not reached three sets since 2001, whenJennifer Capriati defeated Clijsters in a thriller, 1-6, 6-4, 12-10.
Prior to 1925, entries were not accepted from all countries. Only five playersfrom France have won this event, combined, on the men's and women's side. OnlyNelly Landry (1948), Francoise Durr (1967) and Mary Pierce (2000) have won thewomen's singles since the war, while Marcel Bernard (1946) and Yannick Noah(1983) are the sole French victors on the men's side.
Henri Cochet and Rafael Nadal hold the record for playing in the most men'ssingles semifinals with seven, while Chris Evert holds that distinction forthe women (12 semifinals in 13 appearances).
The center court was re-christened Court Philippe Chatrier in 2001, in tributeto the former president of the FFT (from 1973-93) and the ITF (1977-91), whopassed away in 2000. Seating up to 10,076 spectators, Court Suzanne Leglen wasbuilt in 1994 and originally called Court A. In 1997 it was renamed afterFrance's greatest female tennis player, who won the ladies singles at theFrench Open a total of six times, as well as winning the doubles twice and themixed doubles seven times.
Simone Mathieu holds the record for the highest number of losing appearancesin the final of the women's singles. She fell at the last hurdle on no lessthan six occasions, in 1929, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, and 1937.
Francois Jauffret and Andree Varin entered the French Open more timesthan anybody else, participating in 20 and 19 tournaments, respectively.
Since 1925, the men's and women's singles have each been won by left-handerson 17 and 10 occasions, respectively. The most recent were Rafael Nadal in2012 and Monica Seles in 1992.