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TWD Sports Saturday Thread #1 For 6/8/12: 2012 French Open Women's Final Coverage (Errani/Sharapova)

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History will be made Saturday in a classic David vs Goliath showdown in the 2012 French Open women's final.

For Maria Sharapova, the Goliath in this matchup, she is considered a sure bet by almost everyone to capture a career Grand Slam and her first major title after the long journey of her overcoming shoulder surgery. 
Despite all the conversations of "Cow on Ice" and just never looking like someone who could win on clay in most people's perspective, the dirt has represented the character and game of Sharapova's the most of any other court creation throughout her career. Her first Grand Slam quarterfinal came in Paris, and her resilience matches one of several necessary characteristics of winning on this surface: survive.   
With her intensity, anticipation, long reach and steadily improved movement, Sharapova's defense can be just as intimidating and overwhelming as the relentless onslaught she can bring offensi…