FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE (Italian pronunciation: ; born 23 June 1980 in
Milan ) is an Italian professional tennis player who turned
professional in 1998. She won the 2010
French Open singles title,
becoming the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam event in singles.
She was also runner-up at the 2011
French Open . Her career high
ranking is World No. 4, achieved on 31 January 2011. To date,
Schiavone is the last one handed-backhand player to win a Grand Slam
title on the women's tour.
Schiavone has won 8 WTA singles titles in total, including Roland
Garros. In doubles, her career-high ranking is World No. 8, peaking
with an appearance in the final of the 2008
French Open . Furthermore,
Italy to win the
Fed Cup in 2006, 2009 and 2010, and has
the most wins for the Italian team.
Svetlana Kuznetsova in the longest ever match at a
women's Grand Slam event in 4 hours 44 minutes.
* 1 Playing style
* 2 Professional career
* 2.1 2010: First Major Title at Roland Garros
* 2.2 2011
* 2.3 2012
* 2.4 Since 2012
* 2.5 2016
* 3 Career record
* 3.1 Grand Slam performance
* 3.1.1 Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)
* 3.1.2 Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Schiavone employs an all-court game and has a very classic approach
to her clay game. She uses an extreme eastern grip on her one-handed
Chris Fowler and
Brad Gilbert described her forehand as a
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Schiavone has won six singles titles on the WTA tour and has also
achieved eleven runners-up positions, eight of them since the autumn
of 2005. Schiavone lost her first eight career finals before finally
winning her first title in July 2007. She and her Italian teammates
Mara Santangelo ,
Flavia Pennetta and
Roberta Vinci beat the Belgium
team 3–2 in the 2006
Fed Cup final.
Justine Henin had to retire in
the fifth and final match due to an injury in her right knee, which
Italy win their first
Fed Cup trophy. This match was a doubles
Kirsten Flipkens partnered Henin and
Roberta Vinci partnered
Schiavone. In 2009, she won the
Fed Cup with
Italy for the second time
against the USA, and also made the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the
first time. In 2010
Italy with Schiavone won the
Fed Cup for the third
In addition she realized a notable victory during the quarterfinals
of the 2008 Dubai Duty Free Women's Open, when she upset world No. 1
and four-time champion Henin 7–6, 7–6. She also beat Amélie
Mauresmo in a
Fed Cup tie in 2006 when Mauresmo was ranked No. 1.
Partnering with Australian
Casey Dellacqua , Schiavone was the
runner-up in the women's doubles competition at the 2008 French Open
where they lost to
Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual
. Schiavone also reached the semifinals of the doubles event at the
other three grand slams.
2010: FIRST MAJOR TITLE AT ROLAND GARROS
Australian Open Francesca defeated Frenchwomen Alizé Cornet
0–6, 7–5, 6–0. and
Julie Coin 6–3, 6–4 first before
upsetting No. 10 seed
Agnieszka Radwańska 6–2, 6–2. Though she
matched her best results there (4R), she went on to lose to No. 6 seed
Venus Williams after winning the first set 3–6, 6–2, 6–1.
Alberta Brianti ,
Tathiana Garbin ,
Carla Suárez Navarro ,
Yaroslava Shvedova , and
Roberta Vinci all in straight sets to win her
3rd WTA title at the Barcelona Ladies Open .
Seeded 17th entering the 2010
French Open , Schiavone was lightly
regarded as a contender for the championship. She defeated Regina
Sophie Ferguson , 11th seed
Li Na , and 30th seed Maria
Kirilenko to reach her first
French Open quarterfinal since 2001
(where she had lost to
Martina Hingis ). In the quarterfinals, she
defeated World No. 3
Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to become the
first Italian woman to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam singles
The semifinals of the
French Open consisted of four players (Jelena
Elena Dementieva ,
Samantha Stosur and Schiavone) who had
never won a Grand Slam singles event; nevertheless, most in the tennis
community, including ESPN's tennis commentary team of Mary Jo
Patrick McEnroe and
Brad Gilbert singled out Schiavone as
the one player who was not a serious contender to win the title. In
the semifinals, Schiavone defeated World No. 5 and 2004 finalist
Dementieva after Dementieva retired in the second set with a torn calf
muscle having lost the first set in a tiebreaker; the victory made
Schiavone the first Italian woman to reach a Grand Slam final, and
assured that she would become a top-ten player for the first time
following the tournament.
In the final, Schiavone faced Stosur in a rematch of their
first-round meeting at the 2009
French Open which Stosur had won
easily (6–4, 6–2). Because of this previous result, and Stosur's
victories over four-time
French Open champion
Justine Henin , World
Serena Williams and World No. 4 Janković en route to the final,
Stosur was considered a heavy favorite to defeat Schiavone. However,
on 5 June 2010, Schiavone defied expectations to become the first
Italian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title, defeating Stosur
6–4, 7–6. The victory made her only the third Italian player to
win a Grand Slam event in singles, after
Nicola Pietrangeli and
Adriano Panatta . The victory also meant she rose to number 6 in the
World Rankings on 7 June 2010 and became the highest ranked Italian
woman ever after
Flavia Pennetta reached world No. 10 in 2009.
Schiavone's next event after the
French Open was Eastbourne, where
she lost in the first-round to
Sorana Cîrstea 5–7, 3–6.
Schiavone was the 5th seed at Wimbledon , due to the pre-tournament
withdrawal of Dementieva, however she lost to
Vera Dushevina in the
first round 7–6, 5–7, 1–6.
Schiavone reached the quarterfinals of the
2010 Rogers Cup , where
she fell to top seed
Caroline Wozniacki .
Schiavone was the 6th seed at the US Open . She defeated Ayumi Morita
Maria Elena Camerin , 29th seed
Alona Bondarenko , and 20th seed
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to advance to the quarterfinals for the first
time since 2003 (where she had lost to
Jennifer Capriati ). In the
quarterfinals, she fell to seven-time Grand Slam singles champion No.3
Venus Williams 7–6, 6–4.
As the 5th seed, Schiavone reached the semifinals of the 2010 Toray
Pan Pacific Open , where she fell to 7th seed
Elena Dementieva .
At the season-ending WTA Tour Championships , Schiavone competed for
the first time in her career but was eliminated in the round robin
stage. Schiavone fell to
Caroline Wozniacki in three sets, Samantha
Stosur in two sets and before defeating
Elena Dementieva in what would
be Dementieva's final career match.
Schiavone began the year at the 2011 Hopman Cup representing Italy.
In singles, Schiavone defeated Great Britain's
Laura Robson , but fell
Bethanie Mattek-Sands . Schiavone retired with an injury
Kristina Mladenovic .
Seeded 6th at the 2011
Australian Open , Schiavone advanced to the
quarterfinals for the first time in her career upon a victory over
23rd seeded and two-time grand slam champion
Svetlana Kuznetsova . The
4th round encounter lasted nearly five hours (4:44; 47 games in
total), and Schiavone saved six match points before finally prevailing
6–4, 1–6, 16–14. With this win, Schiavone rose in the rankings
to World No. 4 after the tournament, the highest ranking ever achieved
by an Italian woman, improving her own record. In the quarterfinal
against World No. 1
Caroline Wozniacki , Schiavone was a set and 3–1
up in the second set, but was broken twice by Wozniacki in the same
set and twice in the third, to lose 3–6, 6–3, 6–3 after saving
three match points.
At the 2011 Dubai
Tennis Championships , Schiavone was seeded 3rd,
but fell in the Round of 16 to Kuznetsova. At the 2011 Qatar Ladies
Doha , Schiavone fell to
Peng Shuai in the Round of 16. She
then fell to eventual champion
Jelena Dokic at the 2011 Malaysian Open
. Schiavone then reached the Round of 16 again at the 2011 BNP Paribas
Open in Indian Wells , falling to Shahar Pe\'er . Seeded 5th at the
2011 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Schiavone reached the Round of 16,
Agnieszka Radwańska .
Schiavone began her clay court season with a Round of 16 loss to
Radwańska at the 2011 Porsche
Tennis Grand Prix . She then reached
the Round of 16 at the
2011 Mutua Madrid Open , falling to Bethanie
Mattek-Sands . Following Madrid, Schiavone then reached the
quarterfinals of the 2011 Internazionali BNL d\'Italia , losing to
World No. 7
Samantha Stosur , in a rematch of the 2010 French Open
final. She then lost to World No. 1
Caroline Wozniacki in three sets
during the semifinals of the 2011 Brussels Open, the last tournament
before the French Open.
Schiavone was the 5th seed and the defending champion at the 2011
French Open . She beat
Melanie Oudin ,
Vesna Dolonts , 29th seed Peng
Shuai , 10th seed
Jelena Janković , 14th seed Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova , and 11th seed
Marion Bartoli to reach the final. In
the final, she lost to
Li Na , 6–4, 7–6.
Schiavone then switched to the grass courts, falling to Agnieszka
Radwańska at the
2011 Aegon International in her only Wimbledon
warmup. She was the 6th seed at the
2011 Wimbledon Championships ,
losing in the third round to
Tamira Paszek of Austria.
During the Rogers Cup , Schiavone won her opening round match against
Ekaterina Makarova but fell in the third round to
Doha in the 2nd round to
Yanina Wickmayer 6–4 7–6(4)
and in her Dubai opener to
Ana Ivanovic 6–1 7–5.
At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, she (as 10th seed) avenged
Fed Cup loss by beating Lesia Tsurenko 6–2 6–4 before retiring
Lucie Šafářová in the third round after losing the first
set 6–2. With the same seeding in Miami, she lost to Ksenia Pervak
6–4 4–6 7–5 in her opener, blowing a 3–0 final set lead.
After lackluster results, the clay court season was a chance for
Schiavone to get back on form on her favourite surface, but as the top
seed at the Barcelona Ladies Open, her poor form continued as she lost
to Olga Govorstova 6–4 6–3 in her opening match. She represented
Italy in Fed cup semi-finals against Czech Republic, losing both of
her matches to
Lucie Šafářová 7–6 6–1 and to Petra Kvitová
Italy lost the tie 4–1. After passing her opening round
in Stuttgart against Monica Niculescu, she lost in the 2nd round to
Petra Kvitová 6–2 6–2. She also lost her opener in
Varvara Lepchenko and Rome to Ekaterina Makarova. However,
Schiavone finally found some form going into the French Open, winning
Strasbourg by defeating
Sloane Stephens and
Alizé Cornet in the
semi-finals and finals, respectively.
Schiavone reached the third round of
French Open 2012, where she lost
Varvara Lepchenko 3–6, 6–3, 8–6.
At Wimbledon she reached the 4th round before losing to Petra
Kvitová in three sets, but managed to reach the semifinals in doubles
Flavia Pennetta . Schaivone won her opening match at the
Olympics and was then ousted in the second round by Vera Zvonareva.
Seeded 22nd, Schiavone faced off against American hopeful Sloane
Stephens in the first round of the US Open and lost in straight sets.
Schiavone the competed at the
2012 Toray Pan Pacific Open where she
Yaroslava Shvedova in the first round but then lost to
Samantha Stosur . She then suffered three consecutive first round
Li Na at Beijing , to
Olga Puchkova at Osaka and to Urszula
Radwańska at Moscow .
2014 US Open
After 2012, Schiavone has remained in the top 100. 2013 she won the
Marrakech Grand Prix , defeating
Lourdes Domínguez Lino . Her best
results in 2014 were semifinal appearances in Baku and Hong Kong ,
however she struggled with a right shoulder injury throughout the
season. Her best result in 2015 came at the Diamond Games , where she
qualified for the main draw and defeated World No. 10 Angelique Kerber
to reach the quarterfinals. She would later reach the 3rd round at the
French Open , winning a marathon match against fellow former French
Svetlana Kuznetsova . However, she dropped out of the
Top 100 following a first-round loss at the US Open to Yanina
Schiavone won Rio Open by defeating Shelby Rogers in the final and
ended her title drought since winning her last title at Marrakech,
Francesca Schiavone career statistics
GRAND SLAM PERFORMANCE
Singles: 2 (1 Title, 1 Runner-up)
Doubles: 1 (1 Runner-up)
Anabel Medina Garrigues
Virginia Ruano Pascual 6–2, 5–7, 4–6
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