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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!:


 :) LOVE THIS SONG  ;-() :)
I also like the points in the video because you can see the best of the game of Franci, defense turn offense, the volleys, backhand crosscourt, approach to the the net. She is an inspiring player to watch.

I agree about the importance of the fed cup titles, I know it too well, Sanchez and Martinez are like sisters, as Flavia and Franci,  and our Davis Cup team is all about humility and unity in order to win the title.

You can not imagine how much fans are talking about Franci in Spain at the best tennis clubs. . She is so lovable. with a great personality. !  :)
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Awesome Tribute video! :) Lovely! :) Great Song! :)
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She shouldn't give up her day job just yet!

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I've never seen her all "dolled up." Would like to have seen more headshots; love her facial features! :wub:
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Don't forget about Francesca Schiavone!!!!

By Ed McGrogan, ESPN.

The WTA's fall stretch has been one only a Caroline Wozniacki fan could love. While the 20-year-old has been climbing Mount Serena ranking point by ranking point, the rest of the tour has trudged along with the end in sight. Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters haven't played since the U.S. Open and neither is planning to come back until the year-end championships. Svetlana Kuznetsova and Agnieszka Radwanska ended their seasons this week with injuries. And Sam Stosur, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic and Victoria Azarenka -- four of the tour's most marketable talents -- suffered opening-round losses in recent premier-level tournaments. I don't think this is what the WTA had in mind when it asked us if we were "looking for a hero."



It seems that watching Wozniacki work toward No. 1 is the only thing left to do. But if you're looking for someone to follow besides the bubbly Dane, you could do worse than trying out Francesca Schiavone, this year's French Open champ. A regular in the top 20, Schiavone unexpectedly conquered the Parisian clay in June, defeating Stosur, a heavy favorite, in the final. But as the buzz over Schiaivone's victory subsided, so did her results. She went 3-6 after Roland Garros and entered the U.S. Open as nearly every pundit's upset special. Instead, Schiavone did her No. 6 seeding justice, reaching the quarterfinals and playing Venus tough in a 7-6 (5), 6-4 defeat. In her next tournament, in Tokyo, Schiavone reached the semis.



Maybe the new Schiavone, the one with a major title on her mantle, plays for the bigger events. If that's the case, she should be fun to watch this fall. She'll be defending the Kremlin Cup in Moscow later this month and at No. 6 is in a good position to reach the year-end championships for the first time. Motivation is rarely a problem for Schiavone -- in Tokyo, she was her usual vociferous self -- but the Italian should have even more incentive than usual this autumn.



Speaking of Italy, there's also the Fed Cup final, which Schiavone will take part in next month. The emotive veteran is a Fed Cup natural and helped the Azzurri win titles in 2006 and 2009. With one more match victory, she'll become Italy's all-time winningest player. Schiavone will get her opportunity against the United States, having played singles rubbers throughout this year's tournament. The Americans hold a 9-1 lead in the head-to-head series against Italy, but the Europeans won the last encounter -- last year's final. No matter who plays for the red, white and blue, it should be an entertaining affair with Schiavone on the opposing side.



For most players, money is the only thing on the line this time of year. Schiavone has much more to play for. The 30-year-old will suit up for her country, can reach career milestones and can finish the season inside the top 10 for the first time. I'm not sure any tennis player should be called a "hero," but if Schiavone can win another Fed Cup title, reach Doha and remain in the top 10, it would undoubtedly be a heroic effort.
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^nice  :)

Thanks conchi
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2010: Italian Women's Greatest Year Ever  

  • Francesca Schiavone becomes first Italian woman to win a Grand Slame: 2010 Roland Garros


  • First time ever two Italian women are ranked in the top 10 the same week, June 10, 2010: Francesca Schiavone #6, Flavia Pennetta #10
  • Italy become Fed Cup Champions for the 3rd time in 5 years (2006, 2009, 2010): Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Roberta Vinci, Sara Errani


  • 4 tour titles: Francesca Schiavone: Roland Garros, Barcelona; Flavia Pennetta: Marabella; Roberta Vinci: Luxembourg

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And another title for Italy this year was Vinci right near the end of the season Babble. A fantastic year for Italian tennis but an unfortgetable and incredible year for Francesca!
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And another title for Italy this year was Vinci right near the end of the season Babble. A fantastic year for Italian tennis but an unfortgetable and incredible year for Francesca!

That's right! Thanks for that, I'll update.
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C'mon Patty!!! :cheer:  :cheer:


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On to Round 2



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I see Patty lost. :(

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I see Patty lost. :(

I waited all night for her match! Kept checking and checking. She must have come on after I went to bed. What a horrible loss to a nobody.  :mad1:
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I see Patty lost. :(

I waited all night for her match! Kept checking and checking. She must have come on after I went to bed. What a horrible loss to a nobody.  :mad1:

Yep, I had never even heard of this girl before. Wonder what Patty will do now? :confused1:

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Brava Francesca! Kudo Kuzy! My girls!  :applause: :applause: :applause:

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)—One of the players was so exhausted she forgot who was serving. The other kept checking the ticking clock on center court and thinking to herself, “Brava, Francesca!”

The clock finally stopped at 4 hours and 44 minutes, when French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 in the fourth round at the Australian Open and set a record for the longest women’s Grand Slam match in the Open era.

Exhausted but elated, Schiavone described the match as “fantastic!”


Schiavone is now 30, the age when many players are considering retirement. But she’s on a roll, playing the best tennis of her career and creating new pieces of history as she ages.

She won the French Open last year at 29, becoming the first Italian to win a major and the oldest woman to win her first Grand Slam in four decades. She also became the oldest woman in 12 years to crack the top 10 for the first time.

With Sunday’s win she set a new personal best, reaching her first Australian Open quarterfinal in 11 tries. She has played in 42 consecutive Grand Slams. She is also expected to rise from her current ranking of No. 6, which was already a career high.

“When you’re in a situation like this, I think every point is the most important. It’s like every point is match point. You have to keep going,” she said.

To be exact, Schiavone saved six match points and closed the final set on her third match point.

“Physically you are tired,” she said. “Mentally it’s the same.”

Schiavone kept fresh by dousing herself with bottled water at game changeovers, pouring it over her head and her arms and legs. Both players sought rub-downs from their trainers to ease tight muscles.

The third set was a three-hour marathon, with incredible shots and saves by both players, going more-or-less game for game until Schiavone edged ahead and ended to it at a staggering 16-14.

The longest previous women’s match in a Grand Slam tournament was here last year when Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova beat Regina Kulikova 7-6 (5), 6-7 (10), 6-3 in a match lasting 4:19.

At Roland Garros last year, Schiavone gained a reputation for dropping to the court and kissing the clay, a ritual that started in the quarterfinals and continued through the final.

There was no kissing the ground Sunday night at Melbourne Park.

Schiavone raised both arms to the sky and then walked to the net to hug Kuznetsova, the 2009 French Open champion.

“At some stage, I was like, ‘What’s the score? Who’s serving?”’ Kuznetsova said. “I had no clue sometimes. It was so hard to count.”

The 25-year-old Russian beat seven-time Grand Slam winner Justine Henin in straight sets in the third round, which she described as “definitely hard.”

But Sunday’s record-setting match was almost spiritual.

“What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. I’m still alive and sitting here,” said the No. 26-ranked Russian.

“I am a religious person and I believe in God. If he makes me go through this, I will go through this and keep my head high and work even harder. I’m proud of the work I’ve done,” she said.

Schiavone said her focus never strayed, thanks to the on-court clock.

“I was watching the clock. I say, ‘Brava, Francesca! You are tough!” she said.
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The Italian expects another tough match in the quarterfinals when she faces No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.

Asked if she’ll have the energy for the next round, she smiled, “If you ask me now, I say, ‘No.”’

“But I am young. I can run,” she said. “I can do anything.”



























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BOLOGNA, Italy - It has now been almost a month since Tathiana Garbin retired at the Australian Open - but how will the tennis world remember the Italian, and how will the Italian remember the tennis world?

Garbin turned pro in 1996 and played her first Grand Slam three years later at the 1999 Australian Open; she wouldn't play the other three Grand Slams that year but beginning with the 2000 Australian Open she played 44 straight until the end of 2010, amazingly finishing in the Top 100 every one of those 11 years.

During those 11 years she amassed a number of successes on the WTA: one singles title and 11 doubles titles, as well as two Top 10 wins (one over Monica Seles and one over Justine Henin, the one over Henin making her the first Italian ever to beat a reigning No.1). She was Top 25 in singles (peaking at No.22 on May 21, 2007, just before her 30th birthday) and in doubles (peaking at No.25). Those were just some of her many, many achievements.

"Playing the Olympics in Sydney and Athens was so emotional, as was whenever I played for my country in Fed Cup," Garbin, now 33, said. "When I beat Monica Seles at Indian Wells and Justine Henin at Roland Garros, I was so happy - just like when I got my best ranking, No.22. It was all great."

After a first round defeat to Marion Bartoli at the Australian Open in January 2011, Garbin called it a career. "I decided to stop in Australia, where my tennis career began 12 years ago. It was time for me to stop because I couldn't play like I want, on a high level. If you are not really fit you cannot be competitive. I never wanted to wait until my ranking dropped. I always wanted to leave this sport with pride. Tennis has been such a big part of my life and always will be.

"I would like to say thank you to my federation, the WTA, my sponsor, my coaches, my doctor... without all of you I would never have done what I did.

"In the future, I will work for the Italian Federation. I will help young athletes. I will also try to transfer my passion for the sport and work for tennis on TV too."


I will miss you, Tathi  :wub:

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A first learned of Patty when it was revealed that she had been under the influence of a cult-like figure/therapist and estranged from her family. This was 1998 and she was just a teen. She immediately met my criteria of tragic figure/head case. In 1999, her parents hired Rainer Hofmann, a private investigator, to rescue her. Patty and Rainer married and he has served as her coach for years.

The first time I saw Patty in person was at 2004 US Open, when she was the doubles partner of Barbara Schett. With the exception of Francesca, I have seen Patty play more than any player.

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2008 USO -- huh, it's been that long???  :(



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