It was a big win for Maria Sharapova on Thursday.
By defeating Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3, she not only advanced to her first French Open final of her career, but she also passed Belarussian Victoria Azarenka into number one in the world.
Sharapova last was ranked no.1 in the world in 2008. The three-time Grand Slam winner (2004 Wimbledon, 2006 U.S. Open and 2008 Australian Open champion) will also win the career grand slam with a victory on Saturday.
Sharapova’s opponent will be no.21 ranked Sara Errani of Italy, who upset no.6 seeded Samantha Stosur 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in a topsy-turvy match. Errani won despite having 24 fewer winners than Stosur.
Errani has also advanced to the women’s doubles final with Italian Roberta Vinci. They’ll be playing Russians Nadia Petrova and Maria Kirilenko in the final.
Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Belarussian Max Mirnyi, the world number one men’s double players will play Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States in the French Open Final Saturday.