Maria Sharapova and Errani in French Open final

Maria Sharapova and Errani in French Open final

This will be a first ever meeting between the two 25-year-olds.

Maria Sharapova and Sara Errani will contest the French Open final on Saturday in what will be a first ever meeting between the two 25-year-olds.

Second-seeded Russian Sharapova won through with a 6-3,6-3 win over fourth seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic,while 21st seed Errani of Italy ousted Australian sixth seed Samantha Stosur 7-5,1-6,6-3.

The stakes could hardly be higher for Sharapova,who is already assured of regaining the world number one spot she last held in 2008 before a shoulder injury nearly wrecked her career.

The 2004 Wimbledon,2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open champion,will become just the 10th woman to complete a career Grand Slam if she takes Saturday’s final,her first at Roland Garros.


Errani,who was not rated among the favourites for the title coming into Paris despite winning three claycourt build-up tournaments,will be playing in her first Grand Slam final.

A win would make her just the second Italian woman to win the French Open title after Francesca Schiavone two years ago.

Sharapova will start as a strong favourite and if she can reproduce the kind of form she showed against Wimbledon champion Kvitova,Errani could struggle to counter her power.

Sharapova,at an imposing 1.88m,and Kvitova,just 5cm shorter,both struggled for accuracy in the testing conditions on Philippe Chatrier court,where the wind whipped up the clay and helped balls sail out.

But it was Sharapova who quickly adapted her game,not hitting for the lines as is her strength and the tactic paid off.

The Russian hit twice as many winners as Kvitova and kept the errors down to just nine despite the gusting wind.