Maria Sharapova reached the top No.1 of the tennis rankings again on Thursday, courtesy of a 6-3, 6-3 semifinal victory over Petra Kvitova at Roland Garros that will officially make the Russian star the No. 1 player when the new list comes out next week.
With one more victory, in the final Saturday, Maria Sharapova will reach two more milestones — her first French Open victory and a career Grand Slam.
Maria Sharapova was delayed at 126th in the rankings three years ago after shoulder surgery that in danger to end her dominant days in tennis.
Maria Sharapova’s rival in the final will be 21st-seeded Sara Errani of Italy, who is enjoying her first act on tennis’ big stage.
Sara Errani made her first Grand Slam final with a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 upset over U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur. It was a match with wild momentum shifts that ended with Sara Errani playing the part of the seasoned veteran and the sixth-seeded Stosur looking as if she couldn’t handle the pressure. Entering Roland Garros, Errani was 0-28 against rival in the top 10.
Now, she has back-to-back wins against No. 10 Angelique Kerber and No. 6 Stosur, along with victories over past French Open champions Ana Ivanovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova. This means that on the same day Maria Sharapova officially jump to No. 1, Errani will reach the top 10 for the first time.