On This Day In Sport, June 9: Career Grand Slam For Maria Sharapova, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Makes NBA Finals History – Outlook India
June 9 is a momentous sporting date that Maria Sharapova and her fans will not forget in a hurry. (More Sports News)
Eight years ago on this day, the Russian achieved a career landmark that few tennis players can even dream of with her triumph at the French Open.
This date also represents the 35-year anniversary of a famous day in NBA history, when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar set a mark that still has not been beaten.
We look back at some of the top moments to occur on June 9 in the world of sport.
2012 – Sharapova achieves career Grand Slam
After winning her first grand slam in 2004, Sharapova had triumphed at two of the four majors by 2006 and won three by 2008.
The Russian had to wait until 2012 before finally getting her hands on the French Open and sealing an emotional career Grand Slam.
Having made a long recovery from shoulder surgery and lost major finals at Wimbledon and in Melbourne over the previous 12 months, Sharapova was not to be denied in Paris.
Maria Sharapova, our 2012 champion pic.twitter.com/7xfIn1xO
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 9, 2012
She became the 10th woman to complete a career Grand Slam with an easy 6-3 6-2 win in the final against Italian Sara Errani and only dropped one set in the whole tournament.
Sharapova lifted the trophy once more in 2014, which proved to be her last major title in a conclusion to her career that was clouded by