Sharapova Edges Halep for 2Nd French Open Title

Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates
Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates as she wins the French tennis Open final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 7, 2014. AFP

In an entertaining and undulating championship match — the first women’s final at Roland Garros in 13 years to go three sets — Maria Sharapova showed that she’s as tough as they come, particularly on the red clay that used to flummox her. She edged Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 on Saturday to win a second French Open title in three years.

“This is the toughest Grand Slam final I’ve ever played,” Sharapova said.

It is her fifth major trophy in all.