Bambi on ice – here comes Sharapova.

8 Jun

Heavyweight hitter Sara Errani is having a “breakout” tournament at this year’s French Open at Roland Garros. Her result in making the semi at a slam was her best to date. Along the way she has defeated previous French Open singles winners Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ana Ivanovic. Her win over Angelique Kerber was her first ever over a top 10 player (in fact Errani was 0 wins for 20 losses against top 20 players prior to the win over Kerber).

Then it got a whole lot better. Her victory over Sam Stosur sets up a final showdown with Russian Maria Sharapova. It will see her ranking rise well inside the top 20. Errani has now gone past Francesca Schiavone as Italy’s #1 female tennis player, and to top it all off, last night she and partner, fellow Italian Roberta Vinci topped their runner-up effort at the 2012 Australian Open with the French Open doubles title. Errani and Vinci have now won 6 doubles titles on the tour this year.

Errani’s confidence is high. She is the form player in the female draw. Will it be enough to triumph over Sharapova, who herself has again risen to the WTA #1 ranking this week. Sharapova is chasing her own slice of history and is striving to become only the 11th female player to hold all 4 slam titles. A career slam. Sharapova, who famously described herself as “Bambi on ice” when asked about her footwork on clay early in her career, has a lot riding on the match. She was in scintillating form against Petra Kvitova in the semi and exacted revenge of some sorts for her loss to Kvitova in last year’s Wimbledon final. The Pro thinks Sharapova will have too many guns for the feisty Italian and win in straight sets.


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