FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE (Italian pronunciation: ; born 23 June 1980 in
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,
She defeated 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 backhand . Chris Fowler and Brad Gilbert described her forehand as a "buggy whip."
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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
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
Seeded 17th entering the 2010 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 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 event.
The semifinals of the French Open consisted of four players (Jelena Janković , 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 Fernandez , 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
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 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 seed 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 to American Bethanie Mattek-Sands . Schiavone retired with an injury against Kristina Mladenovic .
Seeded 6th at the 2011
At the 2011 Dubai
Schiavone began her clay court season with a Round of 16 loss to
Radwańska at the 2011 Porsche
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.
At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, she (as 10th seed) avenged her Fed Cup loss by beating Lesia Tsurenko 6–2 6–4 before retiring against 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
At Wimbledon she reached the 4th round before losing to Petra Kvitová in three sets, but managed to reach the semifinals 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 2012 Toray Pan Pacific Open where she defeated Yaroslava Shvedova in the first round but then lost to Samantha Stosur . She then suffered three consecutive first round losses to 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 Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova . However, she dropped out of the Top 100 following a first-round loss at the US Open to Yanina Wickmayer .
Schiavone won Rio Open by defeating Shelby Rogers in the final and ended her title drought since winning her last title at Marrakech, 2013.
Main article: Francesca Schiavone career statistics
GRAND SLAM PERFORMANCE
Singles: 2 (1 Title, 1 Runner-up)
OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE OPPONENT SCORE
Runner-up 2011 French Open Clay Li Na 4–6, 6–7(0–7)
Doubles: 1 (1 Runner-up)
OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE PARTNER OPPONENTS SCORE
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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.