World No. 2 Maria Sharapova has reached the French Open final.... and in doing so, she becomes the new WORLD NO. 1.
Sharapova ousted World No. 4 Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals and will now face No. 21 Sara Errani for the title. Errani shocked World No. 6 Samantha Stosur 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in the other semifinals match to reach her first-ever Grand Slam final. The 25-year old Italian, ranked 24th in the world, has literally come out of nowhere and shocked the world. She will, for the first time, be right in the center of one of tennis' biggest stages at Roland Garros. Good for her!
As for Sharapova, by reaching the final, she has officially taken over the World No. 1 ranking from Victoria Azarenka. Sharapova currently has 8,890 ranking points to Azarenka's 8,800 points. If she beats Errani in the final she will add on another 600 points for a total of 9,490. She will also become the 10th woman in history to complete the Career Grand Slam.
Only one win and Errani stand in her way.