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