Sharapova confident after Rome triumph
Maria Sharapova says she can take great confidence for Roland Garros from her stunning Rome Masters triumph over Li Na on Sunday.
The Russian had to come from a set down and had to save a match point before sealing a 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7/5) victory over her Chinese opponent, the current French Open champion, in the Italian capital.
Following a two-hour rain delay, the match finally got underway in Rome and Li was quick out of the blocks winning the first set and then taking a 4-0 lead in the second.
But Sharapova finally found her composure and got back into the clash before eventually claiming the title on a tie-break.
She has never made it to the French Open final but says she will head for the Grand Slam, which begins next weekend, in good heart following this victory.
Sharapova told wtatour.com: "This is a great win for me going into Roland Garros. I know the level she played there last year and the level she can play on clay - she's just a great player really.
"So this win gives me a lot of confidence. It will be nice to have a week off now, after playing three tournaments in the last four weeks. I will have time to recover both mentally and physically."