French Open 2014: Final Grades for Top Stars at Roland Garros

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French Open 2014: Final Grades for Top Stars at Roland Garros
Associated Press
Bjorn Borg, who won six French Open titles, hands the winner's trophy to Rafael Nadal, who won his ninth.

Does Rafael Nadal's ninth French Open title merit a grade of A? Or A+? Does he deserve a higher grade than Maria Sharapova, who won her second French Open title in three years? What grades should Serena Williams and Stanislas Wawrinka receive after their early exits at Roland Garros? How do you rate the unexpected success in Paris of Ernests Gulbis and Eugenie Bouchard?

We graded 10 women and 10 men on their 2014 French Open performances based on four elements: how far they advanced, the quality of opposition they faced, how they fared relative to expectations and their ranking, and mitigating factors.

The four semifinalists as well as the most prominent other players were subject to the grades issued. The players are listed in inverse order of the grade they received, with the last player listed getting the highest grade.

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