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Volcana
Jan 2nd, 2002, 12:37 PM
Francesca Schiavone

Age 21<br />Birthday 06-23-80

Height 1.66m (5'5 1/2")<br />Weight 64kg (141 lbs.)

2001 year end rank 31

No WTA wins

Best 2001 Results were on clay, but plays well on most surfaces. Grass yielded worst results.

QF Rome<br />QF Roland Garros ( def. Coetzer 7-5. 6-4)<br />QF Moscow ( def. Tauziat 6-4, 5-7, 7-5)

Hopman victories over Seles and Clijsters are obviously the biggest of her career.<br />Not WTA victories, but those are two solid top ten players who ended 2001 playing well.

Crazy Canuck
Jan 2nd, 2002, 12:46 PM
Thanks for the info <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Wow...she's only 21? For some reason i thought she was older than that - perhaps cause she LOOKS older than that!

Volcana
Jan 2nd, 2002, 12:51 PM
That's the birthday sanexwta.com lists for her. They have been wrong before.

Sam L
Jan 2nd, 2002, 01:30 PM
Is it just me or does she seem overweight?

I think Serena Williams weighs as much as her even though she's like 20cm taller.

I didn't realise Francesca was that short.. that's shorter than Justine Henin.

-Sonic-
Jan 2nd, 2002, 01:35 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20020101/capt.1009878785australia_hopman_cup_per109.jpg

doesn't seem big to me

-Sonic-
Jan 2nd, 2002, 01:38 PM
there are also more pics on today's yahoo photo gallery

Rollo
Jan 2nd, 2002, 01:41 PM
Sam Sam Sam-----

Secret Rule #5 of the WTA-NEVER trust weights as reported! They are always self reported, and we ARE talking about women afer all. Just about every woman shaves off a few pounds. <br />Trust only your eyes Sam.

gentenaire
Jan 2nd, 2002, 01:43 PM
I too thought she was older than that.<br />And 64 kilos is definitely not overweight!

It's impossible that Serena only weighs 64kg! They must have gotten Serena's weight wrong.

gmt
Jan 2nd, 2002, 02:26 PM
<FONT SIZE=1>beware of Euro converting mistakes</FONT>

gentenaire
Jan 2nd, 2002, 04:57 PM
LOL gmt. Yeah, let's blame it all on the euro. But then, maybe not, there are enough Brits doing that for us <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Brian Stewart
Jan 2nd, 2002, 05:45 PM
If Francesca weighs 141, she's concealing it quite well.

There must be something about short women with one-handed backhands. Justine, Selima, Francesca.

polishprodigy
Jan 2nd, 2002, 06:02 PM
I remember way back when ( i think it was 99 or so) when Schiavone lost in the final of Tashkent to a then-little-known-player by the name of Iroda Tulyaganova. Well Iroda is now ranked at no.20. And Schiavone, with her amazing QF performance at the French Open that pushed her into the top 40. I'm so happy for her. IF anyone knows, what tournament is Francesca playing next? (before or after the Australian Open). I wish her all the best, and I'm shocked by Davide Sanguinetti's win over Jan-Michael Gambill! <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> I'm really happy that Francesca was able to beat 2 top 10 players in one tournament! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

gmt
Jan 2nd, 2002, 06:17 PM
Yes, Tineke, let's refrain <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

To think that had Francesca defeated Kim and Monica in a WTA Tour tournament, she'd be in the top25 by now. Amazing.

shallet
Jan 2nd, 2002, 06:30 PM
Well done Francesca. i have a hunch this girl will do very very well this year.

<img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

Double Fault
Jan 2nd, 2002, 06:49 PM
I'm with Becca. I thought Francesca was older than 21. Don't know why. I have never been good with peoples ages. Especially a lady's age. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

GABRIEL
Jan 2nd, 2002, 07:56 PM
I can assure all of you that Francesca IS only 21 years old, and that she is not overweight...<br />The final in Tazhkent was her first good result, and that was at the end of 1999. She did very well last year in her first "serious" year on the tour, and I am sure she will do even better this year, I think she will be in the top 20 at least.<br />The only problem I see is her mental strenght, she always gets very nervous. <br />GOOD LUCK FRANCESCA, you are the best option to take Silvia's place when she retires....

gentenaire
Jan 2nd, 2002, 08:32 PM
She's just beaten two top players in a row, methinks she's doing all right mentally. Sometimes a player needs just one win over a top player to start a winning streak and rise up the rankings. Justine used to choke a lot. But beating Venus Williams gave her a lof of confidence.

Jippo McScally
Jan 2nd, 2002, 10:39 PM
Is it me, or is Schiavone like an updated version of Martinez!!!

GO FRANCESCA

Pureracket
Jan 2nd, 2002, 10:44 PM
How so? <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

AUSBOY
Jan 2nd, 2002, 10:54 PM
The only thing her and Martinez have in common is that they are both masculine and lesbian.

I think she plays a lot more like Arantxa, she chases down everything, grunts and doesn't hit with too much pace

BENN
Jan 2nd, 2002, 11:48 PM
GO FRANCESCA! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

Julian
Jan 3rd, 2002, 12:16 AM
Woah Francesca's a lesbian?? Since when did we know this or am I just slow?? LOL <img src="eek.gif" border="0">

Anyway I first noticed Francesca when she played Dokic in a match at the U.S. Open a couple years ago, I think 2000, and she gave Jelena a run for her money taking the 1st set into a tiebreak (lost the 2nd easily though). She has a good one-handed backhand and am surprised that she beat these players! We'll definitely be seeing her in the future. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

shallet
Jan 3rd, 2002, 07:45 AM
Is francesca really lasbian or what??????