Francesca Schiavone Wins 2010 French Open

francesca schiavone wins french open 2010 - holds up cup In what will probably be her only grand slam win, veteran Francesca Schiavone beat Samantha Stosur  6-4, 7-6 to win the 2010 French Open – a few days shy of her 30th birthday.

I must admit that I know little about Schiavone.  Turns out she is the first Italian woman to win any grand-slam in the modern era.

francesca schiavone and samantha stosur hold trophies at french open 2010Aussie Stosur was rather emotionless. Schiavone played with passion and grit. It was a pleasure to watch. The tennis quality from both was high. The match was terrific.

schiavone snuggles french open 2010 cup Stosur did the heavy lifting for Schiavone having previously taken out world #1 Serena Williams 6-2, 6-7(2), 8-6, four-time French Open winner Justine Henin 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 and world #4 Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-2.

Ultimately, it was nice to enjoy a well-played women’s French Open final. Something that doesn’t happen often enough.