Howard Fendrich
AP Tennis Writer

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June 9, 2012
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Sharapova wins first French Open title

PARIS - Sidelined in 2008 by a right shoulder that needed surgery, putting her tennis future suddenly in doubt, Maria Sharapova decided to use the free time to study a new language, the one spoken at the only Grand Slam tournament she had yet to win.

"I found a French school close to my house," she recalled, "and I did private lessons every single day for three months."

Sharapova cut short those classes when it was time to begin the slow, painful rehab process and get her shoulder back in shape. About 3 1/2 years later, on Saturday at Roland …

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