Francesca Schiavone Wins 2010 French Open Beating Stosur

Italian Francesca Schiavone won the 2010 French Open in Paris against Australian Samantha Stosur on Saturday, June 5.

Francesca Schiavone beat Samantha Stosur 6-4, 7-6 (2) today.

Schiavone came back form a 4-1 deficit in the second set and took the tiebreaker. When she won, she fell onto her back, then rolled over and kissed the clay. Covered in dirt, she got up and hugged Stosur and then celebrated with her fans and supporters. This makes Schiavone the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam title.

She was definitely not the expected winner this year, as she was seeded 17th. The only other time the Roland Garros title has been won by a woman not seeded in the top 10 was in 1933. Stosur was seeded 5th.

Stosur beat four-time champion Justine Henin, top-ranked Serena Williams and former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic to reach the finals this year to compete against Francesca Schiavone.

Both Francesca Schiavone and Samantha Stosur were first-time Grand Slam finalists.

At 29 years old, she has become the oldest woman to win her first Grand Slam title since Ann Jones at Wimbledon in 1969 at age 30.

Francesca Schiavone has now reached her career high ranking of World No. 6. This makes her a top-ten player for the first time in her career, and the highest ranked Italian woman ever after Flavia Pennetta reached World No. 10 in 2009.

Schiavone turned pro in 1998 and has a career record of 408–285 and has 4 career titles. Schiavone, with Australian partner Casey Dellacqua, was the runner-up in the women’s doubles competition at the 2008 French Open.

The 2009 French Open winner was Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia. Kuznetsova, who was seeded 6th in the 2010 French Open, lost this year in the third round to 30th seeded Maria Kirilenko in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6. Kuznetsova will lose 1840 ranking points because of this lose, causing her to drop to World No. 19.

The 2010 French Open took place at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, from May 23 through June 6, 2010.

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