On this day: June 9

On this day in history, Secretariat was a class apart in the Belmont Stakes while Maria Sharapova won her first title at Roland Garros.

1973: Secretariat wins Triple Crown in record time

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Secretariat started as the big favourite in the 1973 Belmont Stakes, and it soon became clear that spectators at Belmont Park were in for something special. Secretariat and rival Sham set a fast early pace, but at the six-furlong mark, Sham began to tire and Secretariat proceeded to run away with it, literally.

The Chestnut stallion seemed to run faster and faster as the race went on, and in the stretch had opened a 1/16 mile lead on the rest of the field. At the finish, he was 31 lengths ahead of the rest of the field, after running the one-and-a-half-mile race in 2:24 flat, a mark which still stands.

2012: Maria Sharapova completes career Grand Slam

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Sharapova has been arguably the most popular player on the WTA Tour ever since winning Wimbledon as a 17-year-old in 2004.

A US Open title followed in 2006 and when the Russian won the Australian Open two years later, only the crown at Roland Garros was needed to make Sharapova one of the elite players who have won all four of tennis’ majors.

She had to wait until 2012 to finally accomplish that feat, the 10th woman to do so, when she beat Sara Errani in straight sets.

Sporting birthdays

1975: Andrew Symonds, Australian cricketer
1978 Miroslav Klose, German footballer
1984: Wesley Sneijder, Dutch footballer

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