Paris: Maria Sharapova's French Open championship ceremony hit a low note on Saturday when the newly-crowned Roland Garros champion was introduced as the runner-up.

Sharapova looked stunned and then smiled after the announcer confused the Russian with Italy's Sara Errani who she had just defeated in the final 6-3, 6-2.

"Ladies and gentlemen, the runner-up Maria Sharapova," she said.

To jeers and whistles from the crowd on Philippe Chatrier court, a correction was quickly issued by the red-faced official.

"Ladies and gentlemen, the runner-up Sara Errani."

The Italian then collected her trophy from former champion Monica Seles before Sharapova was called to the podium as champion to receive the winner's trophy.

(Agencies)

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