A beaming Sharapova, still on her knees, tilted her head skywards and lapped up the applause from the hollering fans with outstretched arms.
Even when the on-court announcer accidentally asked the crowd to cheer for "runner-up Maria Sharapova", the smile could not be wiped off her face.
Errani, who had been left sobbing after her remarkable fortnight ended one victory short, pumped her arms as if to say "Yes, Yes, Yes, I am actually the champion".
During the 89-minute contest though, there was only one winner.
"I'm really speechless. It's been such a journey for me to get to this stage," Sharapova said during her victory speech during which she showed off her multi-lingual skills by speaking in English, French, Spanish and Russian.
"It took me many years to get to this stage, eight years ago was my breakthrough.
Image: Sara Errani of Italy closes her eyes after missing a return in the women's final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday June 9, 2012.