Updated: Sunday, 08 June 2014 00:27 | By Agence France-Presse

Maria Sharapova wins French Open in second longest final

Maria Sharapova won her second French Open and fifth career major on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 victory over Romania's Simona Halep in the tournament's second longest final.


Maria Sharapova wins French Open in second longest final

Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates as she wins the French Open final against Romania's Simona Halep at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 7, 2014 - by Pascal Guyot

At 3hr 02min, it was just two minutes shy of the 1996 final between Steffi Graf and Aranxta Sanchez.

Sharapova, the seventh seed, won her first Roland Garros title in 2012 and was runner-up last year to Serena Williams.

Halep, the fourth seed, was playing in her maiden final at a Grand Slam and was hoping to become the first Romanian champion since Virginia Ruzici, now her manager, in 1978.

Saturday's win took Sharapova, 27, level with Martina Hingis as a five-time Grand Slam title champion.

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