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2012 French Open: Maria Sharapova Completes Career Grand Slam

Not only did Maria Sharapova reclaim the WTA's No. 1 tennis ranking during her stay at Roland Garros, but she also managed to do something historical -- complete the career Grand Slam.

Sharapova defeated Sara Errani in straight sets on Saturday, winning 6-3, 6-2, and claiming the 2012 French Open title.

Sharapova's most recent Grand Slam title prior to Saturday came back in 2008, when she won the Australian Open. Sharapova won the 2006 US Open and won her first Grand Slam title in 2004, when she was just 17 years old, winning at Wimbledon.

After battling injuries for a few years, it appears that Sharapova is back and better than ever. Sharapova's No. 1 ranking comes seven years after she was first crowned with the No. 1 ranking in 2005.

Though she lost the 2012 Australian Open, Sharapova made it all the way to the finals before losing. We'll see if Sharapova can claim either of the two remaining Grand Slam titles this year, with Wimbledon and the US Open both still on the docket.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.