On Saturday morning, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep faced off at Roland Garros in the 2014 French Open women’s singles final. Sharapova was seeking her second French Open win and fifth Grand Slam title, while Halep was in search of her first major win.
Sharapova stormed out of the gate early in the opening set to put Halep in an early hole with a 6-4 win.
However, it wouldn’t be easy.
The 22-year-old Romanian came back strong in the second set to push Sharapova to her limits and even the score with a 7-6 win.
For Sharapova, it would all come down to the third set where she was able to look for the match point on her serve. While most of the match was closely contested, Sharapova dominated Halep in the final game of the match to claim the 2014 French Open title.
Following the match, Sharapova ran into the stands to share the moment with her coach and loved ones before coming back onto the clay to accept her trophy.
Sharapova is now 4-0 in head-to-head meetings with Halep, but Halep is continuing to improve and has a bright future ahead despite falling just short at Roland Garros.