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Sharapova clinches French Open title

Paris - Maria Sharapova claimed her second French Open title when she floored Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4 after a marathon encounter in Saturday's final.

The seventh seed from Russia claimed her fifth grand slam title after Wimbledon 2004, the 2006 US Open, the 2008 Australian Open and her first Roland Garros title two years ago.

Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her women's singles final match against Simona Halep of Romania at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe. Credit: REUTERS

Halep, who had not lost a set entering the final, put up a great fight but bowed out after three hours and two minutes - the longest women's final in Paris since 1996.

Sharapova wrapped it up on her first match point when Halep could not return one of her opponent's sizzling forehands.

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