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Francesca Schiavone
Francesca Schiavone
(Italian pronunciation: [franˈtʃeska skjaˈvoːne]; born 23 June 1980 in Milan) is an Italian tennis player who turned professional in 1998. She won the 2010 French Open
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 eight 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, she helped Italy
Italy
to win the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
in 2006, 2009 and 2010, and has the most wins for the Italian team. She defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
in the longest-ever match[citation needed] at a women's Grand Slam event in 4 hours 44 minutes.

Contents

1 Personal life 2 Playing style 3 Professional career

3.1 2010: First Major Title at Roland Garros 3.2 2011 3.3 2012 3.4 Since 2013

4 Career record

4.1 Grand Slam performance

4.1.1 Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up) 4.1.2 Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

5 References 6 External links

Personal life[edit] Schiavone was born in Milan, in the Italian region of Lombardy, to Franco Schiavone, from Manocalzati
Manocalzati
in the Province of Avellino, Campania, Southern Italy, and to Luiscita Minelli, from Bornato in the Province of Brescia. Playing style[edit] 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 backhand. Chris Fowler
Chris Fowler
and Brad Gilbert
Brad Gilbert
described her forehand as a "buggy whip."[1] Professional career[edit]

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Schiavone, 2014

Schiavone has won six singles titles on the WTA tour and has also achieved eleven runner-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
Flavia Pennetta
and Roberta Vinci
Roberta Vinci
beat the Belgium team 3–2 in the 2006 Fed Cup
Fed Cup
final. Justine Henin
Justine Henin
had to retire in the fifth and final match due to an injury in her right knee, which let Italy
Italy
win their first Fed Cup
Fed Cup
trophy.[2] This match was a doubles match and Kirsten Flipkens
Kirsten Flipkens
partnered Henin and Roberta Vinci
Roberta Vinci
partnered Schiavone. In 2009, she won the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
with Italy
Italy
for the second time against the USA, and also made the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the first time. In 2010 Italy
Italy
with Schiavone won the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
for the third time. In addition she realized a notable victory during the quarter-finals 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
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
Anabel Medina Garrigues
and Virginia Ruano Pascual. Schiavone also reached the semi-finals of the doubles event at the other three grand slams. 2010: First Major Title at Roland Garros[edit] At the Australian Open
Australian Open
Francesca defeated Frenchwomen Alizé Cornet 0–6, 7–5, 6–0, and Julie Coin
Julie Coin
6–3, 6–4 first before upsetting No. 10 seed Agnieszka Radwańska
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
Venus Williams
after winning the first set 6–3, 2–6, 1–6. She beat Alberta Brianti, Tathiana Garbin, Carla Suárez Navarro, Yaroslava Shvedova, and Roberta Vinci
Roberta Vinci
all in straight sets to win her third WTA title at the Barcelona Ladies Open. Seeded 17th entering the French Open, Schiavone was lightly regarded as a contender for the championship. She defeated Regina Kulikova, Sophie Ferguson, 11th seed Li Na, and 30th seed Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
to reach her first French Open
French Open
quarter-final since 2001 (where she had lost to Martina Hingis). In the quarter-finals, she defeated world No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
in straight sets to become the first Italian woman to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam singles event. The semi-finals of the French Open
French Open
consisted of four players (Jelena Janković, Elena Dementieva, Samantha Stosur
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 Joe Fernández, Patrick McEnroe, and Brad Gilbert
Brad Gilbert
singled out Schiavone as the one player who was not a serious contender to win the title. In the semi-finals, 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
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
French Open
champion Justine Henin, world No. 1 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.[3] The victory made her only the third Italian player to win a Grand Slam event in singles, after Nicola Pietrangeli
Nicola Pietrangeli
and Adriano Panatta. She also became the oldest woman to win a first Grand Slam title in the Open era, beating the previous record by Jana Novotná.[4] The victory also meant she rose to No. 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
French Open
was Eastbourne, where she lost in the first-round to Sorana Cîrstea
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
Vera Dushevina
in the first round 7–6, 5–7, 1–6. Schiavone reached the quarter-finals of the 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
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2003 (where she had lost to Jennifer Capriati). In the quarter-finals, she fell to seven-time Grand Slam singles champion No. 3 seed Venus Williams
Venus Williams
6–7, 4–6. As the 5th seed, Schiavone reached the semi-finals of the 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
Caroline Wozniacki
in three sets, Samantha Stosur in two sets and before defeating Elena Dementieva
Elena Dementieva
in what would be Dementieva's final career match. 2011[edit] Schiavone began the year at the 2011 Hopman Cup representing Italy. In singles, Schiavone defeated Great Britain's Laura Robson, but fell to American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Schiavone retired with an injury against Kristina Mladenovic. Seeded 6th at the Australian Open, Schiavone advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time in her career upon a victory over 23rd-seeded and two-time grand slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. The fourth-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 quarter-final 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 6–3, 3–6, 3–6 after saving three match points. At the Dubai Tennis
Tennis
Championships, Schiavone was seeded 3rd, but fell in the Round of 16 to Kuznetsova. At the Qatar Ladies Open in Doha, Schiavone fell to Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai
in the Round of 16. She then fell to eventual champion Jelena Dokic
Jelena Dokic
at the Malaysian Open. Schiavone then reached the Round of 16 again at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, falling to Shahar Pe'er. Seeded 5th at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Schiavone reached the Round of 16, losing to Agnieszka Radwańska. Schiavone began her clay court season with a Round of 16 loss to Radwańska at the Porsche Tennis
Tennis
Grand Prix. She then reached the Round of 16 at the Mutua Madrid Open, falling to Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Following Madrid, Schiavone then reached the quarter-finals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, losing to world No. 7 Samantha Stosur, in a rematch of the 2010 French Open
French Open
final. She then lost to world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
in three sets during the semi-finals of the Brussels Open, the last tournament before the French Open. Schiavone was the 5th seed and the defending champion at the 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
Marion Bartoli
to reach the final. In the final, she lost to Li Na, 4–6, 6–7.[5][6] Schiavone then switched to the grass courts, falling to Agnieszka Radwańska at the Aegon International in her only Wimbledon warmup. She was the 6th seed at the Wimbledon Championships, losing in the third round to Tamira Paszek
Tamira Paszek
of Austria.[7] During the Rogers Cup, Schiavone won her opening-round match against Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
but fell in the third round to Lucie Šafářová. The Western & Southern Open saw another early round loss for Schiavone. It took her three sets to defeat Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
in her opening round match. She then lost to former world No. 1 Jelena Janković in a third round three-setter. Just before the US Open Schiavone entered the New Haven Open. She defeated Alexandra Dulgheru
Alexandra Dulgheru
and Monica Niculescu
Monica Niculescu
in the first two rounds. Her quarter-final match against Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues
was a walkover. Schiavone was defeated by world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
in straight sets in the semi-finals. Schiavone reached the fourth round of the US Open where she lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. At the China
China
Open Schiavone emerged victorious in the first round against Bojana Jovanovski but was then defeated in the second round by Dominika Cibulková. 2012[edit] Schiavone started her 2012 season at the Brisbane International as the 4th seed where she reached the semi-finals, beating Jelena Janković en route 5–7, 7–6(3), 6–3 (she saved 2 m.p's at 6–5 down second set) before losing to eventual champion Kaia Kanepi 3–6, 0–6 in a lackluster performance. She then played at the Apia International in Sydney where she defeated 6th seed Sam Stosur in the first round 6–2, 6–4 before losing to Daniela Hantuchová 5–7, 1–6. As the 11th seed at the Australian Open, Schiavone was upset in the 2nd round by fellow Italian Romina Oprandi 6–3, 6–4. Schiavone struggled whilst representing Italy
Italy
at Fed Cup
Fed Cup
versus Ukraine, losing to a non-top-100 player Lesia Tsurenko
Lesia Tsurenko
comprehensively 1–6, 2–6 and barely getting past Kateryna Bondarenko
Kateryna Bondarenko
6–7(6), 7–5, 6–4. Despite her struggles, Italy
Italy
still managed to progress through to the semi-finals. Schiavone played in the mini gulf series in Doha
Doha
and Dubai losing early in both of them as the 7th seed; Doha
Doha
in the 2nd round to Yanina Wickmayer 4–6, 6–7(4) and in her Dubai opener to Ana Ivanovic 1–6, 5–7. At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, she (as 10th seed) avenged her Fed Cup
Fed Cup
loss by beating Lesia Tsurenko
Lesia Tsurenko
6–2, 6–4 before retiring against Lucie Šafářová
Lucie Šafářová
in the third round after losing the first set 6–2. With the same seeding in Miami, she lost to Ksenia Pervak
Ksenia Pervak
4–6, 6–4, 4–7 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 favorite surface, but as the top seed at the Barcelona Ladies Open, her poor form continued as she lost to Olga Govorstova 4–6, 3–6 in her opening match. She represented Italy
Italy
in Fed Cup
Fed Cup
semi-finals against Czech Republic, losing both of her matches to Lucie Šafářová
Lucie Šafářová
6–7, 1–6 and to Petra Kvitová 4–6, 6–7. Italy
Italy
lost the tie 1–4. After passing her opening round in Stuttgart against Monica Niculescu, she lost in the 2nd round to No. 3 seed Petra Kvitová
Petra Kvitová
2–6, 2–6. She also lost her opener in Madrid to Varvara Lepchenko
Varvara Lepchenko
and Rome to Ekaterina Makarova. However, Schiavone finally found some form going into the French Open, winning Strasbourg by defeating Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens
and Alizé Cornet
Alizé Cornet
in the semi-finals and finals, respectively. Schiavone reached the third round of French Open
French Open
2012, where she lost to Varvara Lepchenko
Varvara Lepchenko
6–3, 3–6, 6–8.[8] At Wimbledon she reached the fourth round before losing to Petra Kvitová in three sets, but managed to reach the semi-finals in doubles with partner 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 Toray Pan Pacific Open where she defeated Yaroslava Shvedova
Yaroslava Shvedova
in the first round but then lost to Samantha Stosur. She then suffered three consecutive first-round losses to Li Na
Li Na
at Beijing, to Olga Puchkova
Olga Puchkova
at Osaka and to Urszula Radwańska at Moscow. Since 2013[edit]

2014 US Open

Schiavone has remained in the top 100 and 2013 she won the Marrakech Grand Prix, defeating Lourdes Domínguez Lino. Her best results in 2014 were semi-final 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
Angelique Kerber
to reach the quarter-finals. She later reached the third round at the French Open, winning a marathon match against fellow former French Open
French Open
champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. However, she dropped out of the top 100 following a first-round loss at the US Open to Yanina Wickmayer. In 2016, Schiavone won Rio Open by defeating Shelby Rogers
Shelby Rogers
in the final and ended her title drought since winning her last title at Marrakech, 2013. Career record[edit] Main article: Francesca Schiavone
Francesca Schiavone
career statistics Grand Slam performance[edit] Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score

Winner 2010 French Open Clay Samantha Stosur 6–4, 7–6(7–2)

Runner-up 2011 French Open Clay Li Na 4–6, 6–7(0–7)

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

Runner-up 2008 French Open Clay Casey Dellacqua Anabel Medina Garrigues Virginia Ruano Pascual 6–2, 5–7, 4–6

References[edit]

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^ Darren Saligari (23 January 2011). "Schiavone outlasts Kuznetsova in record-breaking duel". australianopen.com. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011.  ^ Italy
Italy
wins the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
for the first time Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine., FedCup, 17 September 2006 ^ Newbery, Piers (5 June 2010). "Italy's Francesca Schiavone
Francesca Schiavone
wins French Open
French Open
title". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 June 2010.  ^ Rao, Prashant S.; Cowell, Alan (20 November 2017). "Jana Novotna, Czech Winner of Wimbledon, Dies at 49". The New York Times.  ^ Newbery, Piers (4 June 2011). "BBC Sport – French Open: China's Li Na beats Schiavone to win title". BBC Online. Retrieved 4 June 2011.  ^ Cambers, Simon. " Li Na
Li Na
of China
China
keeps feet on ground after historic French Open
French Open
victory". Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 June 2011.  ^ "Paszek survives marathon to shock Schiavone". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 June 2011. [dead link] ^ "Francesca Schiavone". Retrieved 4 June 2012. 

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Awards

Preceded by Yanina Wickmayer WTA Most Improved Player 2010 Succeeded by Petra Kvitová

Preceded by Federica Pellegrini Italian Sportswoman of the Year 2010 Succeeded by Federica Pellegrini

Preceded by Kim Clijsters WTA Player Service 2011 Succeeded by Venus Williams

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French Open
French Open
women's singles champions

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Women's Tennis
Tennis
Association: Top Italian female singles tennis players as of 5 March 2018

1. Camila Giorgi
Camila Giorgi
(60 1) 2. Francesca Schiavone
Francesca Schiavone
(89 2) 3. Sara Errani
Sara Errani
(93 32) 4. Roberta Vinci
Roberta Vinci
(147 2) 5. Jasmine Paolini
Jasmine Paolini
(151 5)

6. Deborah Chiesa (174 3) 7. Martina Trevisan
Martina Trevisan
(201 ) 8. Georgia Brescia (205 3) 9. Jessica Pieri (220 ) 10. Giulia Gatto-Monticone (269 1)

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 222483610 LCCN: no2012006900 ISNI: 0

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