IMG Academy alum, Maria Sharapova, completed her career Grand Slam after defeating Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 in the finals of the French Open. She also became the new world No. 1 after Thursday’s semi-final win over Petra Kvitova.
The 25-year-old Russian became the tenth woman (sixth in the Open Era) to achieve a career Grand Slam. Her previous Slam victories include Wimbledon (2004), the US Open (2006) and the Australian Open (2008).
Earlier in the week, Sharapova surpassed Belarusian Victoria Azarenka for the No.1 sport in the world. Sharapova first reached that status on August 22, 2005, making her the first Russian to ascend to No 1. Since that time, she has surged to the top four more times.
Sharapova, who has trained at IMG Academy since the age of nine, is one of ten world No. 1 players whom legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri has instructed at IMG.
“Maria Sharapova was born a champion and will be a champion throughout her life in everything that she does,” remarked Bollettieri after her victory.
Saturday’s win is Sharapova’s fourth Major victory and the 85th Grand Slam singles title for IMG Academy alums.