French Open Tennis

Maria Sharapova captured her second French Open title and fifth Grand Slam
crown with a three-set victory over fourth- seeded Simona Halep on Saturday.
The seventh-seeded Sharapova beat Halep by a 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 margin in a match that lasted over three hours on Court Chatrier, the longest French Open
women's final since 1996 when Steffi Graf beat Arantxa Sanchez. It was also
the first time a women's French Open final has been decided in three sets
since 2001. Sharapova played in her third consecutive final at Roland Garros.
The Russian completed the career Grand Slam with a title here in 2012 and lost
to Serena Williams in last year's marquee finale. With Saturday's victory,
Sharapova became the first Russian (male or female) to win the same Grand Slam
title twice. The 22-year-old Halep, who won the 2008 Roland Garros girls'
singles championship, put forth a strong showing in her first career Grand
Slam final.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will meet for the men's title at the French
Open on Sunday. Nadal is gunning for a fifth straight French Open title and ninth overall championship at Roland Garros, while Djokovic needs a
title in the French capital to complete a career Grand Slam. Djokovic was
denied that chance in the 2012 final with a loss to Nadal, who is 5-0
against the Serb all-time at the French Open. Djokovic, however, has won
the last four meetings, including a final on clay in Rome just last month.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored. As a pitcher, he's 5-0 with an ERA of 1.631 and a WHIP of .961.

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SPORTS CORNER

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2015 marks the first time in the history of Washington Post 218 American Legion Baseball that all three teams in the program have qualified for state tournament play. The Freshmen team played in the state tournament in Springfield earlier this month. The Juniors won state in Blue Springs last weekend and the Seniors are going to the state tournament in Sedalia this week.