Tennis: Former World No.1 Maria Sharapova will face world no.4 Simona Halep in the final of the 2014 French Open and she will have a unique record in her favour. Sharapova has won 4 Grand Slam titles and all of them were won in even years.
Wimbledon in 2004, US Open in 2006, Australian Open in 2008 and French Open in 2012. So this could be another title for her, as 2014 is an even year too. Not only that Sharapova has won all the titles in even years, but she has lost all three finals that she reached in the odd years.
Her record in Grand Slam finals played in even years is 4-1 and in odd years is 0-3. Another interesting stat is that, Sharapova's Grand Slam finals have never gone to 3 sets. She has either won in straight sets or lost in straight sets.
So first set will be vital, because she has never lost a final after winning the first set and never won a final after losing the first set. Here is the list of her Grand Slam finals. Winner 2004 Wimbledon Serena Williams 6–1, 6–4 Winner 2006 US Open Justine Henin 6–4, 6–4 Runner-up 2007 Australian Open Serena Williams 1–6, 2–6 Winner 2008 Australian Open Ana Ivanovic 7–5, 6–3 Runner-up 2011 Wimbledon Petra Kvitová 3–6, 4–6 Runner-up 2012 Australian Open Victoria Azarenka 3–6, 0–6 Winner 2012 French Open Sara Errani 6–3, 6–2 Runner-up 2013 French Open Serena Williams 4–6, 4–6