Sharapova aiming to claim career Grand Slam

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Maria Sharapova will bid to become only the 10th woman to complete the career Grand Slam when she meets Sara Errani in this afternoon’s French Open final. Sharapova  (2/9 to win the match) has returned to the top of the world rankings with her run to the final, her first at Roland Garros.

The world No.1 said "It will be special. To be in this situation is going to be quite new, but it's something I've dreamed of for a long time."

Sharapova (4/7 to win 2-0) won Wimbledon as a 17-year-old, and added the US and Australian titles by the time she was 20. However, with a shoulder injury having put her career in jeopardy, Sharapova last topped the world rankings in 2008, and ended a three-year run without a Grand Slam final appearance at last year's Wimbledon.

She was beaten by Petra Kvitova, and suffered a similar fate against Victoria Azarenka at this year's Australian Open, but will start as the strong favourite against Errani (7/2 to win the match). The Italian had won only one match at the French Open before this year, but arrived at Roland Garros having reached the last eight at the Australian Open and won three Tour titles, all on clay.

Prior to her run at Roland Garros, the 21st-seeded Italian (15/2 to win 2-1)had lost all 28 of her matches against players in the world's top 10, but changed all that with wins over Angelique Kerber and Sam Stosur.

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