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Francesca showed in the French Open final how Tennis should be played

That was an exceptional performance by Francesca in the French open final today. Sam Stosur fans will argue that Sam got tight in the 2nd set in particular and I can appreciate that but Francesca really played loose in the critical moments and served beautifully as well when it mattered.

But how often have we been crying out for a player who can come to the net, and more importantly, knows when to come to the net. I’ve watched in despair over the last 10 years in both the mens and womens game so many players who would hit a great inside out forehand and stay back and play tactically dumb. Today, every time Francesca hit that shot, she came to the net to knock off an easy volley off a floating reply. Francesca’s sense of when to come to the net was exceptional. Francesca was also mixing up her game beautifully by chipping and charging on some returns, or going for the big returns. And it also shows that an all court style of Tennis is still the best type of Tennis to watch and to play, even if it takes some players longer to master it at the highest level.

No doubt all of those Federation cup victories for Italy in the last 4 years gave Francesca the confidence to play her absolute best Tennis when it really mattered in the 2nd set tiebreak.

I hope Francesca’s victory inspires more youngsters to play this type of Tennis
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Lol, everyone plays good tennis when you're receiving shitty shots, sorry but this is the true

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What I take away from this victory, is hardwork, perseverance, determination, figting spirit, not
that " she play how tennis is supposed to play.", whatever that means.
Henin hs won this 4 times, are saying she has not been playing the right way all these years?


Fran has been playing like for years, and has not won many titiles. She was 1-for-9 coming into this final.
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Where was this ideology when you guys were talking about the Charleston Final?
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Where was this ideology when you guys were talking about the Charleston Final?
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Franny showed one way that tennis can be played. It is not the only way.

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How tennis had to be played – against Sam, and with Fran's weapons at your disposal.



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What I take away from this victory, is hardwork, perseverance, determination, figting spirit, not
that " she play how tennis is supposed to play.", whatever that means.
Henin hs won this 4 times, are saying she has not been playing the right way all these years?


Fran has been playing like for years, and has not won many titiles. She was 1-for-9 coming into this final.
No, don't be daft! Henin is a great example of all court Tennis.
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Tennis should be played the way that wins you the most points, giving you the best chance of winning. For some that means coming into the net and mixing it up; for others, that means serving your brains out; for others, it means running around like a chicken with your head cut off and getting every ball back. There isn't one "right" way to play tennis. There are certainly ways to play that are more entertaining to me than others, but the others are just as valid.
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What she showed is how much easier matches can be, if you follow your shots to the net and can actually finish off the points. Stosur´s technique is shaky and attacking the net did put even more pressure on Stosur.

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No, don't be daft! Henin is a great example of all court Tennis.
So why doyou seem to suggest Fran's appraoch is 'THE" way?
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It was exceptional craftmanship from Schiavione. Her game isn't particularly imposing, but the detail in her game is quite something.

Has proved herself throughout this RG as a player who knows how to move on clay successfully, which i believe was a intangible asset to her victory today. Never looked ridiculously out of position in rallies, and looked almost guaranteed to have a play on every ball due to her meticulous sliding and generally footwork, getting behind the ball and giving herself much needed time to react positively. Her game is less rythmic than say Conchita Martinez of yesteryear, but she possesses the same intimidate knowledge of shot selection. Her backhand was an example of using width instead of pace to open up the court, rolling over the ball to drag Stosur out of court and then a forecourt opportunity is inevitable.

Her second serve too (which has been a rather ineffectual feature of her game) held up well, despite Stosur looking to unsettle it by taking some mammoth cuts at the ball. Her game isn't naturally dominating by any means, but she does not become inhibited by her lack of power, and relies on her ability to utilise spin and angle as a terrific substitute. Forehand to forehand, Schiavone was actually able to move Stosur back with her own heavy spin, and was able to flatten the forehand out when nessecary, especially after the 4-1 deficit, she realised that a loop-fest was only going to hurt her in the long term, especially if Stosur was going to latch on to her forehands and rediscover her timing.

Everything was just so compact. Her net play was methodical, her service directions intelligent. Schiavone's game on paper seems dilligent, but she's maximised her adequate technique with sheer athleticsm. It's a powerful combination when everything is attuned.
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