Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova won the 2014 French Open final against Simona Halep in a thrilling 3 set match in which she showed why she is considered one of the true superstars on the women's tennis tour.
Many tennis observers were thinking that this was the tournament in which Simona Halep was going to win her first Grand Slam championship. Maria Sharapova won the first set 6-4 but Simona Halep, the higher seed in the tournament came back and won the second set in a 7-6 (7-5) tiebreaker and had all the momentum going into the third set.
The Russian stunner went into the third set on her heels but showed her exceptional mental focus and confidence as she seemed to will her way to points and threw caution to the wind. She attacked and when many players close to victory play cautious and wait for their opponents to make a mistake she played in the exact opposite manner. She played aggressive, took risks and generally forced the play against her opponent Simona Halep who played very well herself.
This victory was not a case in which the opponent played poorly and the victor just played average. Maria Sharapova put forth some magnificent ground strokes to win several games and in a match where each player was consistently broke their opponent's serve the champion Maria Sharapova in the final set, kept her serve.
She is a player who when the opportunity for a Grand Slam was made available she grabbed it with both hands and showed that incredible competitive fire that helps her overcome the adversity of a shaky serve to win.
When it comes to three set matches Maria Sharapova is proving herself to be an exceptionally formidable opponent and the latest illustration of her ability against the Romanian sensation Simona Halep has made her the 2014 French Open women's singles tennis champion.