Sharapova and Nadal win French Open

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Maria Sharapova is all smiles with her brand new trophy.

At one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world, the French Open (also known as Roland Garros), Maria Sharapova won the women’s singles by beating out Simona Halep, and Rafael Nadal earned first place in the men’s singles by defeating Novak Djokovic. This marks a record-breaking ninth French Open victory for Nadal, who was still humble enough to express, “For me, playing here in Roland Garros is just unforgettable, forever.”

Djokovic, who lost the final match 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4, was a good sport about not taking home the trophy. “It’s normal that you have ups and downs. I was just hoping that in the fourth I would be able to come back,” he said. “I started feeling… a little bit better, but I wasn’t managing to bring my ‘A’ game when it was most needed in the end of the fourth.”

Meanwhile, the 6’2″ tall Maria Sharapova triumphed over newbie Simona Halep, who had to rely on fierce physical swiftness to keep pace with someone who’s 8 inches taller than her! Sharapova claimed the fifth title of her career and her second French Open win after going 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-4.

Images courtesy of Fédération Française de Tennis and Roland Garros Facebook.