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Wow, those are awesome, Chris! I was at 2008 RG, but the day I had tickets Fran's match was ppd due to rain. Then she played on kids day, and I don't purchase tickets for kids day. That's my day to explore Paris. Yeah, I was there in 2008, but only saw Tathiana, no Francesca.  :(

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Very very happy for you and Francesca babbs  :)


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Very very happy for you and Francesca babbs  :)

 :friends:  Thanks little buddy!
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French Open champion Francesca Schiavone insisted she had always believed in her potential even if few outsiders imagined she could ever reach the heights of winning a Grand Slam title.

The 29-year-old Italian produced a magnificent performance to defeat pre-match favourite Sam Stosur of Australian 6-4 7-6 (7-2) at Roland Garros on Saturday.

It made Schiavone the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam title, and the second-oldest woman to claim a first major title after the 30-year-old Ann Jones at Wimbledon in 1969.

"I always believe in myself," she said. "Not about the trophy or the tournament, but just in myself. I think this was the key to everything. I'm so happy. I'm really so happy."

Schiavone edged a tight first set with the only break and recovered from 4-1 down in the second to force a tie-break, which she totally dominated.

"I was feeling much more energy and more and more and more," she said of those closing points. "I couldn't stop it. I really felt that that was my one moment. I took it. I didn't lose the chance. I didn't care about anything, I wanted to take that point and play my tennis. It was the moment."
   
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The 5ft 5ins Italian did a superb job of keeping the powerful Stosur on the back foot throughout the match and put that down to thorough preparation.

"I prepared the final mentally and tactically very well," she said. "I was so concentrated on my serve. I tried not to look anywhere but just to feel my play and try to be aggressive as much as I could."

Schiavone earned £927,000 for her afternoon's work in Paris, over a quarter of what she had accumulated in her previous 12 years as a professional, during which she has only won three other titles.

Her immediate plans could see some of that wealth being called upon.

"I want to go home to mummy and daddy," she said. "This is my goal for the moment, because usually we do a good dinner or a good lunch for 10 people. Now I think I have to buy a new bigger house, for 50 people."

The Milanese player, who took a call on court from Italian president Giorgio Napolitano in the moments after her victory, was urged on by a large group of supporters on Court Philippe Chatrier but was surprised to see so many familiar faces, all wearing T-shirts bearing the message: 'Schiavone: Nothing is Impossible.'

Asked to explain the T-shirts, she admitted: "The truth is that I don't know, because they arrived this morning by car and I saw them when I finished. So now I don't know. And they are leaving, so I don't think I will know this for two or three days."

Schiavone explained her post-match ritual of kissing the clay-courts - "It's to thank this clay, this beautiful tournament and this arena" - but asked to recall her thoughts at the moment of victory, the Italian could only laugh.

"I think that I am a champion, the number one of this tournament," she said. "We were 128 players, and I am the champion. It's a big emotion. What did Federer say? What did Rafa say? I'm trying to remember, but it's not coming, nothing."

Stosur had gone into the match as the favourite after successive wins over Justine Henin, Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic but admitted she had been outplayed in the final.

"It's a disappointment no matter what the case, whether I was the favourite or not," she said. "I mean, sure, going into the match I thought I could win. Past results had gone my way."

She added: "Right now it's not easy and I really wish I'd won but when you play someone who played well against you, sometimes you've just got to say, 'Too good.'
   
I'm proud of this moment, and I want to look at it as a really positive time in my career, my life

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"I am disappointed. Obviously it's because I lost, but it's just been a big journey and a great two weeks and I guess you wanted the full fairytale, but it didn't quite happen."

Stosur said that she had known what to expect from Schiavone but just could not handle the Italian's attacking game plan.

"I kind of expected her to be aggressive, because in the other times that we played recently she probably wasn't aggressive enough and I totally dictated what happened and I won them," said Stosur.

"So I was expecting her to do something different, because if you're going to do the same thing, you're going to get the same result."

And having improved on last year's run to the semi-finals, Stosur could take at least take comfort from the fact that she is edging closer to a first Grand Slam title.

"I can only look at it as a great two weeks," she said. "To make my first final was fantastic and to beat the players that I did to get to that point and everything, it's missing that one thing, and that's winning at the end.

"You know, I'm proud of this moment, and I want to look at it as a really positive time in my career, my life, and I want to enjoy it as much as I can."


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OK, those two post-match interviews, those are two classy, well grounded adults. Don't have to worry about where there heads are.  :)

Look at Fran! Just so cool in her own skin  :gleam:
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Wow, those are awesome, Chris! I was at 2008 RG, but the day I had tickets Fran's match was ppd due to rain. Then she played on kids day, and I don't purchase tickets for kids day. That's my day to explore Paris. Yeah, I was there in 2008, but only saw Tathiana, no Francesca.  :(

Thanks for the pics!

Aww that's a real shame that Fran's match was postponed due to the rain in 2008 so you couldn't get to see her, but at least you've seen her at both Roland Garros previously and at the US Open, you've got a good collection there of other Fran matches :) I don't blame you at all for not buying tickets for kids day, OMG that would be an horrendous day to be there  :rofl_2: We definitely need to makesure that 1 day we do get to see some matches together of both of our girls and anybody else we'd like to see :) Next year as you know I'm going to Australia tennis wise and then later in the year Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco none tennis wise but 2012 I could maybe look at Roland Garros or Flushing Meadows if either of them were good for you :)
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From Here to Eternity! A new grand slam champion! :)

What an inspiring woman!  :)
how she approached the final in her mind, nothing to lose, no pressure, it was her moment and she played to enjoy each second, talk about charisma, confidence, personality and courage. She also gave a lesson of all those important things to become a champion of a grand slam.

Francesca Schiavone tribute!  :)
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxqDZo77T9E&feature=related[/youtube]

RAI TG1 AND TG2!!!!  :))

Francesca Schiavone regina del Roland Garros
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Roland Garros 2010 - Francesca Schiavone, Italia!  :))

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Francesca Schiavone (Intervista dopo la vittoria al Roland Garros 2010)

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Finale Tennis 2010 Parigi_ PREMIAZIONE SCHIAVONE_ festeggiamenti !!!!  :))

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Holy cow, conchita!

I can't wait to see these after the men's final!!!
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Babble,  :)) the bottle of alcopulco ;-() and the victory lap first!!!  :rofl_2:

Gracias amigo!  :cool:
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Babble,  :)) the bottle of alcopulco ;-() and the victory lap first!!!  :rofl_2:

Gracias amigo!  :cool:
:rofl_2: :rofl_2: you're killing me!
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Article I wrote today on the Bleacher Report - Read on....

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Something special happened at Roland Garros yesterday, we had a first-time winner of a Grand Slam tournament from Italy and her name is Francesca Schiavone.

Francesca beat the bookies' favourite, Sam Stosur, 6-4, 7-6 in just under two hours.  Had Sam been able to take the second set, we might have had a classic final, but what we did get was a great tactical performance from Francesca...something we havenít been able to say about a women's match in a final for some time.

Sam Stosur came into the final as favourite on the back of a very good clay court season, having won Charleston and getting to the final of Stuttgart.

Sam also defeated three players in a row who are or were ranked No. 1 in Justine Henin, Serena Williams, and Jelena Jankovic fairly easily in the semi finals.

Francesca also had a good passage, defeating Caroline Wozniacki in a great display of all court Tennis and Elena Dementieva in the semi finals.

The final started with both players holding serve well and looking confident. Things began to get tight for both players at the latter stages of the set, a sign that the match was competitive.

Francesca came into her own at this stage of the match with a fantastic display of tactical Tennis and holding her nerve.

Sam wanted to get her big forehand into play to dictate the match, but Francesca didnít let her do that; that, in turn, handcuffed Sam, who began to make poor volley errors at the net.

Francesca served very smartly on the deuce court by going to Samís forehand, which would then open up the backhand side to attack, which Fran often used to come to the net to knock off volleys.

It was heartening to see a player play risk tennis with a consistent game plan and have the skill to pull it off.

It also reminded me of what Sampras said, that he targeted both Courier and Agassi by serving to their forehands first, which allowed him to get to the backhand.  Risk and reward strategy itís called, I think.

Francesca also volleyed very well off high and low balls and really returned serve beautifully by standing on the baseline and taking Samís kick serves early before they bounced too high on her backhand.

Francesca also chipped and charged Sam at key moments on the second serve at love-30 at 4-4 in the first set and at critical moments in the second set.  How often do we see players in the men's or women's game chipping and charging at key moments?

Francesca was also willing to go for flat backhand returns and run around the backhand to hit forehand screamers. She really kept Sam guessing, which I think made Sam nervous and Sam wasnít able to flow as a result.

Sam did take the game more to Francesca in the second set, racing to a 4-1 lead but Francesca was able to break back.

However, Francesca was able to save her best for last in the second-set tiebreak.

Francesca played five points in a row which was some of the best tennis Iíve seen under pressure for some time, just wonderfully constructed points finished off with fantastic volleying technique. Francesca was really inspired and in the end deserved the title.

I also enjoyed the victory speech, which gave the public an insight to why Francesca is so popular in the Tennis world, even if she wasnít known to the general public before now.

The 2010 French Open final was really a triumph for tactics and bravery.  There have been some terrible French Open finals since 2001 (Capriati vs. Clijsters classic) and although this match didnít go to three sets, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I also would like to mention that even though Francescaís win is a surprise, Francesca has been gradually gaining confidence and belief to get to this grand moment of hers.

Francesca has been part of a winning Federation cup Team for Italy twice in the last four years.

Francesca has cultivated the winning feeling, having been involved in lots of big matches against big players in the Federation cup, with lots of eyes on her and winning a lot of those matches home and away.

This winning feeling translated in to Francesca realising her potential because she has been winning tournaments over the last 12 months in Moscow and Barcelona.

Francesca also got to the quarterfinal of Wimbledon last year.  Those Fed cup moments allowed Francesca to acquire more self belief and gave her the confidence to handle the big stage of the Grand Slam final.

Thatís why even though Francescaís win is a surprise, I think itís also an inspiration.

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Francesca Schiavone tribute!  :)
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conchita, this one is too funny. That's like my own personal tribute song to Franci  :rofl_2: :lmao!:
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What a great victory for Francesca!
One of my favorite women to watch.
You must be thrilled Babs!!! :grind dance: :thumbs-up:
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What a great victory for Francesca!
One of my favorite women to watch.
You must be thrilled Babs!!! :grind dance: :thumbs-up:

I was hopin' you had a chance to watch the match, but I didn't see you this weekend. I know you like her style of play, and if you watched, you loved her cerebral, tactical, and courageous play Saturday on the biggest stage.
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What a great victory for Francesca!
One of my favorite women to watch.
You must be thrilled Babs!!! :grind dance: :thumbs-up:

I was hopin' you had a chance to watch the match, but I didn't see you this weekend. I know you like her style of play, and if you watched, you loved her cerebral, tactical, and courageous play Saturday on the biggest stage.
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In some ways she reminds me of Hingis.
Very smart, with a good all-around game.

I missed both matches this weekend. :(
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What a great victory for Francesca!
One of my favorite women to watch.
You must be thrilled Babs!!! :grind dance: :thumbs-up:

I was hopin' you had a chance to watch the match, but I didn't see you this weekend. I know you like her style of play, and if you watched, you loved her cerebral, tactical, and courageous play Saturday on the biggest stage.
 :)
In some ways she reminds me of Hingis.
Very smart, with a good all-around game.

I missed both matches this weekend. :(
Was camped out on the river for the :



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Pictures coming soon! :))

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