One of the numerous complaints leveled at the WTA, in fact there’s so many of them one may need an extra hand to count them all, is the perceived lack of consistent rivalries between the elite players. And though fans would all love the top pros to meet each other more often, one rivalry that has emerged in the last year that now almost mandates “must-see” status is that of Jelena Jankovic versus Francesca Schiavone who once again provided another night of pure theatre in their quarterfinal match at the Brisbane International. Continue reading
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In a surprising climax to a women’s event that saw last year’s finalist dumped out in the first round and some of the biggest stars of the game lose their way early, it was the cagey veteran Francesca Schiavone, who most casual tennis fans had probably never heard of, who used her spin and guile to her advantage in taking down the giant slayer Sam Stosur in the finals of the French Open 6-4, 7-6(2) making her the first Italian to win a Grand Slam in the Open era and one of the oldest winners ever at just shy of 30 years of age.
For Schiavone, it’s a dream come true and perhaps a fitting end to a long ride on the WTA tour. For Stosur, despite having a dream tournament herself, it could be a turning point in her own career, either for the best or the worst.
Early on in the first set, it looked like Stosur would completely outhit Schiavone as the Australian held in her opening two service games to love. Continue reading