Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after winning her women's singles final match against Sara Errani of Italy at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 9, 2012.
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Victoria Azarenka of Belarus kisses the trophy during the awarding ceremony after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in their women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 28.
"It's a dream come true," she said. "I have been dreaming and working so hard to win the Grand Slam, and being No. 1 is pretty good bonus. Just the perfect ending and the perfect position to be in."
Azarenka won 11 straight matches, including a run to the Sydney International title, to reach her first Grand Slam final. Her previous best performance at a major was a semifinal loss to Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon last year. Sharapova had all the experience, being in her sixth major final and having won three - dating back to her 2004 Wimbledon title.
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Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates a point against Heather Watson of Great Britain during their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 29.
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Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts while playing Heather Watson of Britain during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday, Aug. 29.
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Maria Sharapova of Russia (3) against Heather Watson of Great Britian during their US Open 2011 match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York August 29.
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Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates her victory over Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in their quarter final match for the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, June 28.
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Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic returns a backhand shot to Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova during their match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, June 28.
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A tennis fan attends Day Eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, in London, England.
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Maria Sharapova of Russia serves against Virginie Razzano of France during their round two women's singles match on the third day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 19, 2011. Sharapova won 7-6, 6-3.
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