Maria Sharapova is the 2014 Roland Garros women’s singles champion after a gruelling 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 triumph over Romania’s Simona Halep on Saturday. After playing for more than three hours a champion had to be crowned on the red clay in Paris. Sharapova and fourth seed Halep were both eyeing the gold.
The Russian came into the match as a four-time Major winners, having won the trophy once each at the four Grand Slams whereas the Romanian was looking for her maiden Major title. Sharapova would go on to win her fifth Slam after a game of cat and mouse. The first set ended with Sharapova in charge at 6-4 but not without moments where she trailed by a break.
Sharapova took a slip in the second set after a close call which ended 6-7 but also led by an early break. A third set was needed to separate these two athletes. After more than three hours it was Russia’s Sharapova who ended the match victorious.