Top 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)