Maria Sharapova wins title on Strasbourg clay


Maria SharapovaTop seed Maria Sharapova has made an excellent introduction to the French Open, which starts tomorrow, with a title at the claycourt International-level tournament in Strasbourg.

The Russian reached the final by defeating fifth seed and three-time Strasbourg champion Anabel Medina Garrigues, and then went on all the way to the title with a 7-5 6-1 win over first-time WTA finalist Kristina Barrois.

The Internationaux de Strasbourg title is the 22nd singles title in Sharapova’s career and her first on red clay. The world No.13 is $37,000 richer now.

In the first round of the French Open, No.12 seed Sharapova will play Russian qualifier Ksenia Pervak, ranked 110th in the world. Four-time French Open champion Justine Henin could be Sharapova’s opponent in the third round. (photo: sr_cranks)


  1. i read an article in the newspaper about samantha stosur vs justin henin in the 3rd round? are stosur and sharapova vs in the 2nd round then?

  2. no samantha would possibly face maria or justine in the fourth round. sharapova and henin could meet in round three like the article says.

  3. Go Masha! I would like to see her go far at RG, but I dont think she can defeat Justine, if they meet of course (hopefully they do):)))


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