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Jun 3rd, 2002, 02:21 PM
You can talk about Francesca here....;)

Jun 3rd, 2002, 02:30 PM
Francesca's Last Result was a loss to Vera Zvonereva 6-2 6-7 7-5 after being down 5-0 in the 2nd...:sad:

Jun 3rd, 2002, 05:19 PM
Good luck Francesca in her future matches.I really like watching her play.GO FRANCESCA!!!

Jun 3rd, 2002, 07:45 PM
Good luck Francy!
I think Francy is a fighter!

Jun 3rd, 2002, 08:35 PM
Yes Francesca is a fighter!



Jun 14th, 2002, 09:55 AM

Jun 14th, 2002, 09:57 AM
With Kruger

Jun 14th, 2002, 09:58 AM
Francesca in press conference:http://www.sanexwtatour.com/assets/story_image/schiavonepress2.jpg

Jun 14th, 2002, 10:15 AM

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Jun 14th, 2002, 10:18 AM

Jun 14th, 2002, 10:19 AM

That beautiful backhand!!!

Jun 14th, 2002, 10:20 AM

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Jun 14th, 2002, 10:41 PM
nice pictures...:wavey:

Jun 15th, 2002, 09:00 AM
Forza Francesca!!

I met her at the Hopman Cup - She's a lovely lady!!

Sep 7th, 2002, 01:00 PM
Congratulations Francesca for a great US Open!!!

Sep 16th, 2002, 09:31 AM
Go Francesca:bounce:!

Dec 25th, 2002, 03:16 PM
Go Francesca in 2003!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Jan 1st, 2003, 11:13 AM
Where is Francesca from in Italy?

Francesca made it to the second round of the Uncle Tobey's Harcourt, but she fell in the 2nd round to top seed Patty Schnyder.

Good Luck in 2003 Francesca:D!

Jan 9th, 2003, 09:40 PM

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Jan 9th, 2003, 09:48 PM
Francesca is from Milan

Jan 12th, 2003, 05:04 PM
Francesca plays Anca Barna of Germany in the first round of Australian Open.I hope she'll get past her.
Come on,Francesca!!!!

Jan 15th, 2003, 01:32 AM
Sadly Francesca lost:sad::sad:

Good Luck in your next tourney Francesca:D:D

Feb 18th, 2003, 08:05 AM
Ist Round Dubai:

Francesca Schiavone def Tathiana Panova 6-4 6-0:D

Feb 22nd, 2003, 12:45 PM
Hi friends!
I just created a cheering thread for Francesca in Scottsdale forum.Come cheer for her!


Scottsdale tournament will take place next week.

Mar 7th, 2003, 08:28 AM
Here are few pics of Francesca that I took in Scottsdale: :)

Mar 7th, 2003, 05:23 PM
Thanks!!! :D

Mar 8th, 2003, 02:32 AM
31) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (WC) Tatiana Golovin (FRA) 75 75

Mar 8th, 2003, 08:09 AM
yeah :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Vamos Francesca!!!

Next she has to play Kim Clijsters. :( Well,best of luck,Francesca!!!Just do your best!!!

Mar 10th, 2003, 02:29 AM
Very interesting. She held the world number three to 5 and 4. :) She served for the first set :lick: and was a break up in the second :drool: if I remember rightly. Pretty promising ;) .

Anyone have a view on Francesa's serve? I watched the stats at the US Open and was surprised to see her win games with aces and 106 MPH :worship: serves (c170 kph?) but when I looked at the match stats I then found her average speeds were even slower than Martina Hingis's. Obviously she doesn't want to damage herself but you wonder what she was serving like today when it mattered?

Mar 17th, 2003, 12:34 AM
is a NASDAQ thread by Lokon. If you kook down the thread you will find Lokon has posted a number of sets of pictures - one of these sets has 2 nice pictures of Francesca. Worth a look.

Mar 19th, 2003, 12:38 AM
argh what an awful NASDAQ draw - she got Kim early and now gets Serena in round 2! On the other hand if Serena doesn't turn up its a good draw.......

Mar 22nd, 2003, 03:49 PM
Great fight against Serena! Better luck next time,Francesca!!!


I love her fighting spirit.No doubt her website is called the lioness.You go Francesca!!! :bounce:

Mar 30th, 2003, 12:54 AM
well Serena may have had a stomach bug (who can tell) but Francesca almost had the first set :cool: (thats numbers 1 and 3 in the world she has done well against recently :D ) and there was this amazing match stat: Fastest serve Williams S 110mph, Sciavone 110mph. :worship: Read and then look at their sizes! If she can work out why she is losing those serve for the set games.....
I was beginning to worry about her losing points by bumping into the top 3 early in tournaments but there is the other argument that you get better by playing the best and she ought to be encouraged :lick: that she can stay with the very best when she faces lower ranked players.

Apr 19th, 2003, 02:06 AM



Apr 19th, 2003, 07:18 PM
Go Francy! :bounce:

Apr 20th, 2003, 12:28 PM
Anyone knows what's Francesca next tournament?

Apr 28th, 2003, 12:25 PM
Go Francesca:D

May 25th, 2003, 09:51 PM
OK. its time Francesca's luck changed. She has played Serena, Kim and Jen and kept close to them (actually got ahead of them) but meeting them early in those draws cut her points back from where she should be in the rankings and allowed the people with easier draws to go ahead :( . Then the taped thigh appeared against Jen and she lost early in Rome :eek: . She deserves some luck now to defend her points and perhaps add some. Lets hope for Fran to be healthy and to get to play with Jen's head by doing the things that only Fran (and Patty) can :lick: . Go Francesca :bounce:

Jul 21st, 2003, 04:40 PM
Francesca during last weekend Fed Cup tie:


Jul 21st, 2003, 05:03 PM
Another pic:


Aug 23rd, 2003, 02:44 PM

Francesca faces Eva Fislova (svk) in the first round.


Sep 5th, 2003, 03:04 AM
Congrats to Francesca on a terrific Open. :kiss:

I read in today's scoring thread that she was in tears after her fourth round triumph over Ai - I just wish I could have been there to witness it in person. She's such a fierce competitor and I was thrilled at how she was able to hang in ther mentally and pull through against Ai a fighter in her own right.

She looked fatigued (mostly mentally) against Jen but who could blame her having to be ready to play for three days straight. Fought gamely though and made it a battle in the second set.

Keep climbing girl, the Top 20 is definitely is now well within your reach! :D

Sep 5th, 2003, 03:19 PM
I'm so proud of her.She's played a fantastic US Open,except for the last matcH.
Congrats,Francesca!!!! Keep it going,ragazza!!!!

Sep 24th, 2003, 07:24 PM
In Leipzig tourney Francesca said goodbye in the first round.She lost to Sandra Kleinova 7-6,6-4

Oct 2nd, 2003, 01:45 PM

She def. Safina 7-6 7-5!!!

Oct 3rd, 2003, 12:24 AM
yeah!!! Good luck tomorrow!!!

Nov 27th, 2003, 02:51 AM
Great year for Francesca. Top 20 is where she belongs. :bounce:

Fran now has 2 points to defend at AO (100 before that) and if she can keep the 100 total or improve on it may avoid all those early round meetings with Venus, serena and Kim that she had last year. That may help her points total some more.

:bigwave: Well done Francesca

Happy new year. :bigclap:

Jan 4th, 2004, 10:05 PM
Good Luck with the new season Francesca :)
she lost against maria antonia but it doesn't matter, she will be luckier the next time :kiss:

Jan 5th, 2004, 02:25 PM
yeh, a pretty da loss for kekka...:sad:

Well, the season has just started :)

Jan 9th, 2004, 08:35 AM
Bad loss to open the year but it's early.

Forza Francesca! :hearts:

Jan 13th, 2004, 02:11 AM
Francesca slipped past Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in Sydney and awaits the winner of Ai Sugiyama or Nathalie Dechy in Round Two. She'll have to pick up her game to get past either of those two...

Forza!!! :bounce:

Jan 13th, 2004, 04:24 PM

Francesca Schiavone

Leipzig, September 2003




Enjoy & respect copyright, please.


Jan 13th, 2004, 05:19 PM
Forza FRancesca!!!

Jan 15th, 2004, 02:56 AM
Francesca wizzed past Nathalie Dechy yesterday 6-0, 6-4 and has a spot in the quarterfinals.

Hopefully Francesca will hold her nerve against Anna Smashnova Pistolesi today and grab a spot in the semi-finals...

FORZA!!! :cool:

Jan 15th, 2004, 12:07 PM
Francesca beat Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi 6/2, 6/2 and is now in the semis where she'll play Amélie!! :D

Well played Francesca!! :bounce:

Jan 15th, 2004, 07:57 PM
Francesca Schiavone (http://home.tenniscorner.net/player.php?playerid=SCF001&tour=WTA) (ITA)
Ranking Points (As of January 19, 2004)
Week ofTournamentPointsResultTier
2003-08-25U.S. Open268 QFGrand Slam
2004-01-12Sydney130 SFII
2003-06-23Wimbledon130 3RDGrand Slam
2003-07-21Stanford129 SFII
2003-08-04Los Angeles114 SFII
2003-04-28Warsaw100 QFII
2003-02-24Scottsdale95 QFII
2003-09-29Moscow92 QFI
2003-02-17Dubai48 2NDII
2003-05-26Roland Garros36 2NDGrand Slam
2003-08-11Toronto29 2NDI
2003-03-03Indian Wells29 3RDI
2003-05-05Berlin25 2NDI
2003-03-17Miami24 2NDI
2003-07-28San Diego23 2NDII
2003-07-07Palermo23 QFV
2004-01-05Gold Coast1 1STIII
2003-10-20Linz1 1STII
2003-09-22Leipzig1 1STII
2003-06-16Eastbourne1 1STII
2003-05-12Rome1 1STI
2003-02-10Doha1 1STIII
Total* 1296 * Points from ITF events excluded

from tennis Corner
for info

I may be wrong but as of sydney SF I think she is up to number 17 in the rankings or therabouts.

Jan 17th, 2004, 01:30 PM
Fran lost to Amelie 6-3, 7-6(2) but judging by the scoreline gave it a good effort against the world's #5. :hug:

In Melbourne she could face Chanda in the 3rd Round. :( :mad:

Jan 17th, 2004, 03:37 PM
I dont think Chanda represents a HUGE opponent, she is in a bit of a slump now, but te hardest rounds will be the firsts, FORZA FRANCESCA! :banana:

Jan 22nd, 2004, 09:35 AM
We're a little behind in this thread :o

Fran beat Cristina Torrens Valero 7-5, 6-1 in her Oz opener before getting hammered by Elena L 6-2, 6-2. A very disappointing result. :sad:

Fran also lost in doubles with Silvia to the #13 seeds Bartoli/Casanova 6-3, 7-5 :(

I expect Fran wil get her game together and pick up steam as the year goes on. She's usually a late bloomer anyways.

Keep the faith Francesca fans! :wavey:

Jan 22nd, 2004, 12:16 PM
Damn Francesca!!!:sad: What went wrong? Anyone saw the match?

Jan 23rd, 2004, 02:50 PM
pfff, I cant believe Francesca, shes soooo inconsistent, its so hard being her fan.

Jan 23rd, 2004, 10:01 PM
Yes I agree it's hard being her fan.But i'm always supporting her.She's so funny to watch.Very entertaining player.

Forza Francesca!!!! Better luck in yuur next tourney!!!!

Feb 9th, 2004, 11:41 PM
Schiavone, Farina Elia Winners on Day 1 in Paris

A pair of Italians survived three-set encounters on the first day of action at the Open Gaz de France in Paris. No. 5 seed Francesca Schiavone (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=190666) (left), the highest seed playing on Day 1, rallied in the third set to defeat Emilie Loit, 62 46 63.


Feb 10th, 2004, 03:11 AM
(5) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Emilie Loit (FRA) 62 46 63

Excellent win in enemy territory! :yeah:

Continued good play Francesca...FORZA!!! :cool:

Feb 10th, 2004, 12:45 PM
yay Franci, I expected kekka to lose, i even voted against her in paw :o :p

Feb 12th, 2004, 11:10 AM
<francesca was up 5-2 against Sprem, but it is now 6-5 sprem kekka serving deuce. I think one of the two got injured cuz the scoreboard isnt updating :confused:

Feb 12th, 2004, 04:59 PM
Francesca defeated Sprem 7-6 6-3 :banana:

Next up, Safina, Francesca has already beaten Dinara, 7-6 7-6 in Moscow (i think)....


Feb 13th, 2004, 10:24 AM
Hopefully an all-Italian semi...

Forza Francesca! :rocker:

Feb 13th, 2004, 12:51 PM
Franny lost 1st set 6-2 but is now up 3-2 in second,


Feb 13th, 2004, 04:02 PM
Fran lost 6-2 4-6 6-4

They were 4-4 in third set, fran had so many opportunities to break...:sad:

Feb 14th, 2004, 01:20 PM
So close to an all-Italian singles semi-final :sad:

But no time to fret. There's a doubles title to win...

FORZA!!! :yippee: :dance:

Feb 15th, 2004, 11:29 PM

Feb 16th, 2004, 12:45 PM
YAY! nice pic =D

Feb 16th, 2004, 01:52 PM
Great pic Veronika, thank you! :D

Hey, is it true Francesca has withdrawn from Antwerp? :confused: I read in in Antwerp forum. If so, I hope it's not injury related. I suspect Fran may just need a week off to recover as she appears to be playing a heavy schedule early on but not sure.

On another note, congrats to Fran on reaching the Top 15 this week!!! :aparty:

Feb 21st, 2004, 12:04 AM
A few pics from the Open Gaz de France!





Francesca's match against Dinara Safina was so great to watch, and really she was unlucky to lose it (6/4 in the third set), but it was full of great rallies and excitement for all three sets!! :D Later Francesca and Sylvia played doubles (second round) against Dinara Safina and Daja Bedanova. They lost the first set 0/6 :eek: , then went 4/0 up in the second before winning it 6/2, in the final set they went a break down 0/2 immediately, but after breaking back for 4/4, they broke Dinara's serve and then Francesca served out the match!! :D They were so happy when they won, and it was funny because they had been behind the whole match until Francesca served at 5/4 in the third set! :lol: After the match Dinara and Daja left the court quickly, Sylvia and Francesca chatted for a while and then Sylvia left, but Francesca came over to sign autographs and throw towels to the small group of spectators waiting for her; she really is so friendly to the crowd (she seems very popular in Paris) and is so entertaining to watch playing tennis! :D I'm glad to see that they got all the way to the final. No disgrace to lose to the experience of Patty Schnyder and Babsi Schett! ;) (I am hoping that Francesca and Sylvia will play doubles at the Olympics together).

Mar 4th, 2004, 12:09 AM
Lapin, sorry I missed your post earlier. Thanks for the great pix and report. :kiss:

Too bad she and Silvia couldn't take home the doubles trophy but I'm glad Fran put on a good show overall.

A tough loss in Dubai to Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4 but at least it was to the eventual finalist. Encouraging stuff so far this year.

Keep fighting Francesca! :boxing:

Mar 6th, 2004, 09:39 PM
Good luck in IW Fran!

Mar 7th, 2004, 02:25 AM
http://smileys.******************/cat/7/7_5_131.gif (http://www.******************/?partner=ZSzeb001)

Mar 7th, 2004, 09:03 PM
lmao those smilies are making me go nuts :p

WTF is that ape/monkey/tennis ball/boy doing? :p

Mar 8th, 2004, 02:24 PM
Forza Francesca!!!

Mar 9th, 2004, 08:42 PM
Dai Francesca in Indian Wells! :D

Mar 12th, 2004, 11:40 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: Good Luck Francesca!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Mar 13th, 2004, 01:05 PM
:eek: :confused: Francesca!! What happened?? :sad:

Mar 14th, 2004, 08:12 PM
I cant believe she lost to Brandi :o

I cant stand this dumb losses, like losing to elena L 6-2 6-2 in Aus :o :sad:

Apr 6th, 2004, 03:26 AM
Good job in Miami getting to fourth round but what happened today losing to Arantxa Parra 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-0 after being up 6-1, 5-2. WTF???
I hope she's not injured. Maybe got dehydrated? :confused:

Get it together Franny! I'm expecting you to shine on the clay this year. :smash:

Apr 24th, 2004, 11:27 PM
Ok, Fran was down 4-0 (:o) to Strycova in fed cup but managed to ein 5-7 6-1 6-0.

Next up, Koukalova!

http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/waffen/violent-smiley-012.gif----> Fran clobberin Klara (ok, i admit this is a bit harsh! :o)

Apr 27th, 2004, 03:12 AM
http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/waffen/violent-smiley-012.gif----> Fran clobberin Klara (ok, i admit this is a bit harsh! :o)

Well your prediction was right on Dadyo as Francesca wrapped up the tie 3-1 with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Klara.

Time to fry the French! http://smileys.******************/cat/7/7_2_103.gif (http://www.******************/?partner=ZSzeb001)

Apr 27th, 2004, 06:32 PM
lol! :p

Apr 29th, 2004, 07:30 PM
Francesca def. Bovina 6-2 6-3!! :woohoo:

And the 2 players dont exactly love each other....:devil:

May 1st, 2004, 03:48 AM
Francesca's really on a roll. Sensational win over Amelie today! :banana:

:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

May 1st, 2004, 09:24 AM
Good Luck today with the doubles Francesca and Silvia !!!!

:banana: :banana: FRANCESCA & SILVIA :banana: :banana:

May 10th, 2004, 02:20 PM
(14) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Nicole Pratt (AUS) 62 63 :D

May 25th, 2004, 04:53 AM
A reasonably good draw for RG. She drew Stephanie Cohen-Aloro first round.


May 25th, 2004, 11:50 AM
Forza Francesca!!!!!!

May 26th, 2004, 02:10 AM
Great stats today. now into the second round.........

May 27th, 2004, 11:00 AM

May 27th, 2004, 11:42 AM
(17) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (WC) Virginie Razzano (FRA) 61 46 63 :D

Virginie always plays well on her home turf so this is a solid second round win. :yeah:

I may be getting ahead of myself but I really like Francesca's chances of getting to the quarters. Vivi is tough on clay but Fran will be favored. Jennifer is struggling so an upset would be quite possible there especially with Fran playing with so much confidence this spring. Her win over Amelie a few weeks ago may have been the kicker.

Forza Francesca!!! :kiss:

May 27th, 2004, 12:45 PM

May 28th, 2004, 12:30 AM

May 29th, 2004, 08:04 PM
And Francesca advances to the next round: :bounce: http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/afp_photo/20040529/sge.upz43.290504104650.photo00.default-269x384.jpg

May 31st, 2004, 02:56 AM
Fran looked upset at that loss. She had the point for a 5-2 lead and jennifer was getting red with running. If it had gone to 3 Fran or she had been able to win in 2 she had tired Jen, the jen hip was hurting and Jen was getting frustrated. You can see why Fran got upset when the first set slipped away on errors and double faults.

Eurosport had an interesting commentary. They thought Fran had the shots of a top player and more variety than Jennifer but had too many choices and made the wrong ones or took too much risk at the wrong time. She should watch the first 6 1/2 games when she outplayed Jen.

can't say Jen impreseed me moaning about Fran's grunt and taking the injury time out when she was red from running so much. Interesting to see if she moans about Serena's grunt.

Jun 1st, 2004, 01:58 AM
I'm surprised Fran got so down on herself after losing the first set. I missed the first and only saw half of the second. By that time Jennifer was hitting the ball solidly and Francesca was making numerous errors.

If Jen took the timeout in the first set when she was trailing it was a good tactical move on her part. Fran has the game to play with just about anyone so if that upset her she shouldn't have let it. I don;t mean to sound harsh but she needs to learn to look past these things and just let her play speak for itself.

Good tourney overall but to beat the top players on the big occasions she needs to tough it out mentally. Keep plugging Francesca. Hopefully the doubles she's been playing with Silvia will hold her in good stead for Wimbledon. :kiss:

Jun 14th, 2004, 01:05 AM
Francesca will be playing the Eastbourne tourney this week to prepare for Wimbledon.In the first round,she'll face a qualifier.Although I know grass is not Fran's fave surface,I want to wish her good luck!!!

Forza Francesca!!! :bounce:

Jun 14th, 2004, 10:16 PM
Ok,we know the name of her rival:Alicia Molik.In my oppinion,Francesca couldn't have worst luck with a qualifier as Molik is seriously dangerous player in grass.Let's hope our girl will play her best though.

Forza Francesca!!!!

Jun 16th, 2004, 03:06 PM
Fran just lost... :(

Tina Pisnik (SLO) d. (7) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 76(2) 75

Jun 17th, 2004, 12:35 AM
Tough loss to Tina but at least she pulled one out against Alicia who's been playing well and is a tough out on grass.

Good luck next week Franny! :kiss:

Jun 24th, 2004, 03:16 PM
Francesca advances to round 2!!! Sensational coming back victory over swiss CAsanova: 3-6,7-6,6-3 :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Jun 26th, 2004, 02:26 PM
Nice win over Myriam. :yeah:

But what happened against Golovin??? :o :confused:

Jun 26th, 2004, 10:51 PM
She might have been out of court...cause I don't think the french is that good

Jul 23rd, 2004, 09:56 AM
Francesca just made quarters in LA by scraping past Ai 6-3,0-6,7-6(3) :banana:

Jul 23rd, 2004, 11:46 AM

Jul 24th, 2004, 02:22 AM
Fran lost to Venus 7-5, 6-1. :(

Still a good tourney making it one round past her seed and defending quality points from last year. Good luck next week in San Diego, Franny. :hug:

Jul 27th, 2004, 09:09 AM
Fran lost first round to Elena B 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. :sad:

This will undoubtedly knock her out of the Top 20 :sobbing:

Jul 28th, 2004, 12:02 AM
:sad: Better luck next time,Fran!!!

Aug 1st, 2004, 12:00 PM
Francesca (11) faces local M. Pelletier,who received a WC,in her opening match.

Forza Fran!!!! :bounce:

Aug 3rd, 2004, 02:16 PM

Francesca in round 2 as she beat Pelletier.:D

Did she cut her hair?

Aug 4th, 2004, 04:25 AM
Brava Francesca! :bigclap:

Looks like someone took the clippers to it. No more pony tail! :eek: Looks fresh. :yeah: :drool:

Aug 4th, 2004, 01:46 PM
Yeah,looks fresh and good.

Forza Francesca!!!! She faces Dechy today.

Aug 5th, 2004, 12:42 PM
Francesca won in straights 7-6(4),6-4 and faces Elena Likhovtseva today. :D :cool:

Forza!!! :bounce:

Aug 5th, 2004, 02:28 PM
Good win against a hard player.Well done,Francesca!!!!

Good luck against Likhotseva,Lioness!!!!:devil:

Aug 6th, 2004, 02:48 AM
Fran lost 6-2,6-3. :( But I read she played injured. Hope she's ok. :scared:

Have fun in Athens Sweetie!!! :wavey: :kiss:

Aug 6th, 2004, 11:26 AM
Yeah. Go Fran in Athens!!!

Aug 16th, 2004, 02:52 AM
Two Olympic opening day wins for Francesca! :yeah: :yippee: :D

First she dispatched Shinobu Asagoe 6-3,7-6(4). Then she and Silvia teamed to defeat Slovaks Kurhajkova/Sucha 6-2,6-4.

Brava!!! :worship:

Aug 17th, 2004, 02:58 PM
Francesca won her second round too!!!!



Aug 19th, 2004, 06:31 AM
And her third!!! :banana: :yeah: :D

Nastya's next ;)

Forza Francesca! :bounce:

Aug 19th, 2004, 02:02 PM
Go Fran!!! Take the RG champion out!!!! :devil:

Aug 19th, 2004, 02:10 PM
BTW, last year at J&SCup Schiavone and Daniilidou played doubles together and I think they're a great team - went all the way to the final but lost to Maleeva/somebody in 3 sets. I'd like to see them play together again.

Aug 31st, 2004, 11:15 AM
Francesca advances easily to round 2 in US Open.




Sep 2nd, 2004, 04:12 AM
Saw most of Francesca's match today and I can report that Fran played well although she was helped out by a ton of errors by Stephanie. She basically overpowered Steph who fought gamely but just didn't have it today.

Impressive Angela Haynes now lurking in Round Three. :scared: Should be a fun match probably on Grandstand or Armstrong. :D

Sep 2nd, 2004, 08:48 AM
Fran in round 3!!!! :D


Sep 4th, 2004, 03:57 PM
Francesca advanced yesterday to the 4th round.She faces now Amélie Mauresmo.I hate this situation when 2 of my faves play each other.I say good luck to both of them and the best will win. :D

Some photos of Fran's 3rd round match:




Sep 4th, 2004, 04:20 PM
These lefties were all right
By Bud Collins, Globe Correspondent | September 4, 2004

NEW YORK -- Francesca Schiavone, the daughter of a Milan bus driver, was traveling on foot in Flushing. Fast. Desperately. A yellow tennis ball had risen like the sun over her head -- deftly lobbed by lefthander Angela Haynes -- descending at the baseline, and bounding toward the backstop.

A winner? Not quite, although it should have been. In frantic pursuit, the sinewy Schiavone overtook the ball just before it bounced twice and performed the wicket shot. Her back to the net, the dark-haired Italian flicked her racket like a pendulum between her legs, whacking a return.

Haynes, a nimble 19-year-old from the town made famous by Sisters Williams, Compton, Calif., dashed to the net properly, but . . .

"I was shocked. I was just, like, what the . . . What is this?" said Haynes. "I'm too busy looking at Francesca. She still has her back turned and everything. I'm looking at her. Then I realized, here's the volley. It was too late."

The ball was in her face. Startled, Haynes bungled the easy shot. It would have given her a chance to win the second set of this US Open third-rounder. But it was too late. Haynes, No. 185 in the female pecking order, a wild card, didn't win the 12th game. Taken into a tiebreaker, she missed the bus to upset city, and was beaten by the 16th-seeded Schiavone, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

Schiavone said her rare, brilliant shot is called a "colpo tra le gambe -- shot between the legs" where she comes from. "I try it before, make it sometimes. A big point for me today. Maybe more dangerous for a man than a woman. But I don't know."

Sep 4th, 2004, 06:39 PM
Franny is such a crackup :lol:

Great win yesterday! :yeah:

Veronika, I'm torn also because I love Amelie as well but I'll be rooting for underdog Francesca. I really think she has a chance tomorrow. :)

Sep 4th, 2004, 11:11 PM
Personaly I like Francesca very much but not Amélie :lol:

So Forza francescaaaaaa :bounce:

Sep 5th, 2004, 03:30 PM
Go Fran.....remember she is probably more nervous than you and 150 QP would make a nice meal.......

Sep 6th, 2004, 01:48 AM
Great run by fran. Two good matches in the 3rd and 4th rds which won the crowd over, Momo just didn't let her get the breakback in the first and I havn't seen Momo play that well for a long time. Momo was doing an awful lot of work running side to side and you wonder who would have won a third set. 1 116MPH serve from Fran and some great points.

Shame about the draw though. Myskina's quarter would have been a joy. Momo was tough. Not getting quality points from Haynes was cruel and means a few places in the rankings. She is still number 20 though and Linz and Leipzig (and Bali?) could add the points back.

Sep 6th, 2004, 04:51 AM
Nice effort Franny :hug:

Keep plugging and you'll get that big win in a Slam one of these times. :kiss:

Sep 28th, 2004, 12:16 PM
Francesca is playing this week in Hasselt tournament.

She won her first match very easily.Way to go,Fran!

(5) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Mara Santangelo (ITA) 62 60

Sep 30th, 2004, 12:19 PM
Her second one was even easier.WOW Fran is on fire and advances to the QF!!!!

(5) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) 61 60

Oct 3rd, 2004, 08:54 PM
Franny takes on Molik
If she copes well with Molik's serve then she should win ;)

Oct 13th, 2004, 09:56 PM
Franny def. Petrova today!!!!! :eek::eek: :woohoo:

Oct 15th, 2004, 01:17 PM
Francesca lost to Davenport 6-4 6-1 :sad:

But excellent tournament :D

Oct 17th, 2004, 07:59 PM
OMG Francesca vs Bovina again...:unsure:

Oct 23rd, 2004, 12:00 AM
Aargh. Bovina. pity Because she would have been safely into the top 20 if she won.

Fran seems to have not turned up on the list for Linz? Is this an injury - she was rubbing her arm in Zurich? She isn't down for Philly either which might be a problem as the group of people behind her in the rankings will overtake her and push her out of the top 20 if they can put together about 110 points. Shame if they do as some seem to have opted for the lower ranked tournaments over the next two weeks to get free points.

Nov 5th, 2004, 12:32 AM
Congratulations seem to be due to Francesca for ending the year in the top 20 again. She is number 19 and now Dechy is out can't as far as I can see possibly be caught. :bounce: :worship: And she is ranked 1 ahead of Silvia which makes her Italian number 1 too. :bounce: :worship: :hearts:

Nov 6th, 2004, 02:58 PM
An excellent year. Brava Francesca! :yeah: :worship:

Dec 28th, 2004, 10:45 PM
Best of luck in 2005,Fran!!! :bounce:


Jan 2nd, 2005, 09:59 PM
Hey Francesca is back in action kicking some ass in the Hopman Cup.

Here is some Fran action:







Jan 2nd, 2005, 10:26 PM

Francesca Schiavone, from Italy, watches the ball as she plays a stroke during her Hopman Cup women's singles match against Gisela Dulko, from Argentina, in Perth, Australia, Sunday

Jan 2nd, 2005, 10:27 PM

Francesca Schiavone, from Italy, plays a stroke during her Hopman Cup women's singles match against Gisela Dulko, from Argentina, in Perth, Australia, Sunday, Jan.

Jan 4th, 2005, 02:51 PM

Francesca Schiavone, of Italy, makes a forehand return during her Hopman Cup women's singles match against Anna-Lena Groenefeld, of Germany, in Perth, Australia, Tuesday, Jan

Jan 5th, 2005, 04:13 AM
Thanks for the pix Veronica, Fran is 2-0 in singles play but her partner Davide Sanguinetti has let her down and Italy is in an 0-2 hole. :(

Keep pluggin Franny :kiss:

Jan 5th, 2005, 03:11 PM
Fran,always a fighter,that's why I love her.It's good to see she starts the year on form even if her partner let her down.Forza Francesca!!!

Jan 5th, 2005, 03:50 PM
Transcript - Francesca Schiavone (Italy)
2 January 2005

Francesca, congratulations. You like Perth, your singles record looks good here

Yes. I love it here (Perth), and I hope that it can be great for me and for Davide. It was a nice match nothing special and it was not easy because it was the first match of the year, but it is important that I am here, it is a great, great Hopman Cup.

What do you fear when you go into a match against an opponent on the way up? A young girl, she made a few unforced errors, but you have to think about your game don’t you?

I have to think about my match, my game and my concentration, because it is not easy to stay there every point, because she is good. She missed a few today but sometimes it was for her, sometimes it was for me.

You had a pretty good year last year. You won a doubles title; you played some quality opponents in singles. What are you goals for this year?

This year I would like to win a lot. That is my goal. And to improve my serve is an important thing for me. I would like to win a tournament in singles. That would be very good.

If your backhand works well all year, I think we are going to have a look at it now (looking at the TV), you might well win tournament in singles. It was a good weapon today.

Yes I played good shots, when I could and I can to the net and that was great, but it was the first match so step by step.

What have you done between the last match at the end of last year and now? Have you done a lot of work?

Yes a lot of work.

Or not much

No. A holiday first and after that there was a lot of work with Daniel and JoJo. Hard but it is important for the rest of the year.

Finally, the prospect of a mixed doubles encounter. You have played with Davide here before and you will be up against Coria, who is a very good player but he hasn’t played mixed. What is your attitude going to be?

I know I read in the newspaper that he never has played mixed doubles. But I think that Davide can play very well in singles so you never know maybe it is 2-0 and it is much easier. In the case of playing mixed with Davide, I feel good with him and we have already played here. It is an open match.

Good to have you here. Congratulations. A good first up win.

Thank you. Ciao.

Jan 5th, 2005, 03:50 PM
Schiavone, Sanguinetti, Groenefeld, Haas with Peter Wilkins
4 January 2005

Can we put our hands together first of all for the fighting Italians: Francesca Schiavone and Davide Sanguinetti. Davide, first of all the match, three set points in the first set slipped away, but you were competitive throughout.

(Sanguinetti) We tried to give it our best shot, unfortunately they were too good today, and I have to congratulate Tommy and say that he played an unbelievable match in singles and he deserved to win. Congratulations.

Well done. Your match in singles you looked a bit out of sorts there. It wasn’t happening for you at times.

(Sanguinetti) Well I guess he out-played me and was serving too well and he played a really good match so he was tough for me today.

What about that rally with Anna-Lena in the early part of the second set. She showed a bit of power.

(Sanguinetti) Which one I forgot?

Davide, well done. We will go across to Francesca. A lot of people might not be aware that Francesca has played six singles matches in two Hopman Cups and hasn’t lost a match yet. That is an enviable record. That’s terrific. Congratulations on that, you just love it here.

(Schiavone) Yeah I love to stay here. I enjoy this tournament. I can’t win the mixed doubles though.

We know you haven’t won a mixed doubles, but I am not going to mention that.

(Sanguinetti) She never lost a singles, but we have never won a doubles.

You were very competitive there. A terrific match, terrific entertainment.

(Schiavone) And he has never won a singles so…

Could you please have your blues in the change rooms.

(Schiavone) Absolutely. Davide is a great boy and I enjoy it a lot with him. In the mixed doubles it is very tough.

It is very tough, but you played a terrific match tonight. Congratulations. The Italian connection, Davide Sanguinetti and Francesca Schiavone. Well, we will go across to Anna-Lena, first of all. What about Anna-Lena’s form? What a revelation. That backhand, the ground strokes. Congratulations on your form. Have you surprised yourself a little bit here? Or have you just played up to expectation?

(Groenefeld) Well I think we played a really good mixed today. It was a lot of fun. We played aggressively. I think that was the key that we kept playing aggressively.

Your play was aggressive. Where does that competitive edge come from? Have you always had it? Has it been in the family?

(Groenefeld) Probably, yeah. I like to play aggressively. That is my game and I am enjoying it.

Well last night you took on Marat Safin, tonight Sanguinetti. That rally in the early part of the second set that he didn’t need to be reminded of - 22 shots it was, and you held you own.

(Groenefeld) It was a really long rally. I didn’t know how much longer I could hold on for but I made it.

Congratulations on your form. Absolutely terrific. Tommy Haas when you came here in 1998, you didn’t win a match. Now it is four from four. Terrific. Are you enjoying yourself?

(Haas) I definitely do yes. It is a lot of fun. The first time I came here I was just starting on the Tour. I was 19-years-old, didn’t know what I was doing. Now I finally know how to put the ball into play a couple of times, so I am happy to finally get a couple of matches in.

An important time for you. You have come back well from the shoulder injury. 15 months out of the game, does it ever give you any trouble now?

(Haas) Not too much right now. Thanks for making me think about it again. I try not to think about it. As long as the shoulder holds up and my body stays fit, I love to play this game, I love it and hopefully I can play many more years.

What’s a realistic target for you this year. Do you look at the top echelon? You have been there before. Do you want to get back there?

(Haas) Yes obviously it would be nice to get back in the top 10. That is like a goal for this year. But like as I said, just to be out there every week competing and being healthy and enjoying the sport. That is the main goal.

You have only known Anna-Lena four days. You might have found yourself a mixed doubles partner.

(Haas)Yeah I know I am thinking about maybe playing some of the Slams with her this year. She is playing really terrifically. She hung in there very well in the first set and the second set. Also I think she only got broken once in the two mixed doubles. She is doing really well.

Finally you have got a match coming up a bit later in the week against Guillermo Coria. You haven’t played him before, I understand. Are you looking forward to that?

(Haas) Yeah he is a tough little fella. He runs every ball down, doesn’t make many mistakes, so I am going to have to play some great tennis in order to beat him.

Congratulation Tommy Haas and Anna-Lena Groenefeld. You are now in position to make the Final. A little bit of work to do, but well done tonight

Jan 6th, 2005, 11:22 AM
ma c'č qualche italiano qui?Are italians here?

sorry for my english.....

Jan 13th, 2005, 06:36 PM
Odd start to the year. Playing Sydney and not defending canberra's 130 points knocks Fran's ranking back to around 23. Getting molik in the Sydney first round was bad luck but Canberra was pretty open for Fran to defend there - perhaps getting a title or easier points might be something to do? On the positive side, Fran's old points total would make her no 16 at present and there are very few points between 25 and 16 at the moment so a good run anywhere would move you up considerably.

Jan 14th, 2005, 07:52 AM
Personaly I like Francesca very much but not Amélie :lol:

So Forza francescaaaaaa :bounce:

good :lol:

Jan 15th, 2005, 08:59 AM
A favorable Oz draw. Let's hope she can take advantage.

Forza Francesca!!! :bounce:

Jan 15th, 2005, 09:30 AM
Mmm... previous statistics aren't favourable to Francesca

1 Key Bisc. Apr 1 2001 M Marrero - F Schiavone 6-1 6-2
2 Indian W. Mar 17 2002 M Marrero - F Schiavone(17) 6-4 6-3

And at Australian Open Francesca has not ever obtained great results

Let's hope well!

Go Francesca! :)

Jan 18th, 2005, 01:52 PM
(14) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Marta Marrero (ESP) 63 62 :D

Impressive opener for Franny. She served six aces, won 81% net approaches (25 of 31!) :eek: and had 34 winners versus 19 UEs. Ukranian Tatiana Perebiynis is next on the menu. :lick: ;)

Jan 19th, 2005, 09:33 AM
A pic I took of Francesca on the practice court today.

Jan 19th, 2005, 12:54 PM
good luck in the next round francesca! go and win that match!

Jan 20th, 2005, 07:40 AM
congratz francesca, on def perebiynis with 2-6 6-3 6-0!!
good luck against dechy!

Jan 20th, 2005, 07:57 PM
congratz francesca, on def perebiynis with 2-6 6-3 6-0!!
good luck against dechy!

vai Francesca!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :worship: :banana:

Jan 22nd, 2005, 10:05 AM
:sad: she lost :sad:

Jan 22nd, 2005, 01:28 PM
A disappointing 6-3,6-3 loss to Nathalie. :sobbing: I wonder if she was under the weather? :scratch:

Good luck the rest of the year Franny. :hug: Anyone know her next tournament?

Jan 22nd, 2005, 04:13 PM
Too bad! :sad:

Feb 19th, 2005, 11:31 AM
Anyone see Franny? :shrug:

Feb 19th, 2005, 12:07 PM
She appears in the main draw entry list of the Qatar Total Open (Silvia also appears there)

Good luck! :)

Feb 20th, 2005, 12:15 PM
In Qatar immediately a derby Silvia/Francesca :(

I don't know if Silvia is going to play (she was injured)

If Silvia will play... win the best! ;)

Feb 23rd, 2005, 08:19 PM
schiavone b sugiyama 6-2 2-6 6-2
schiavone vs molik

vai francesca! :D :worship: ;)

Feb 23rd, 2005, 08:55 PM
Well done Francesca :yeah:

Against Molik it will be a difficult match, but you can win it! Go Francesca! :bounce:

Feb 24th, 2005, 02:21 PM
Go Francesca!!!! Best of luck against Molik,another fave of mine ;) !!!

Feb 24th, 2005, 06:04 PM
Rock on Francesca! :rocker:;)

Feb 25th, 2005, 10:56 AM
jeudi février 24, 21h34

Francesca Schiavone of Italy prepares to save to Australian Alicia Molik during their WTA tennis quarter final match in Doha 24 February 2005. Molik won 6-2, 3-6, 7-6.

So close :sad:

Feb 25th, 2005, 01:39 PM


Feb 27th, 2005, 11:19 AM
She faces Elena Bovina in the first round.The russian is coming back from an injury so she might be still rusty,I hope Fran takes advantage of this.:devil:

If she prevails,Serena Williams is awaiting the winner of the clash in the second round.Talk about a bad draw for Franny.:(

But first things first,go beat Bovina!!!!:bounce:

Feb 27th, 2005, 01:45 PM
Congrats on winning the doubles title with Alicia! :woohoo:

6-3,6-4 over the second seeded team of Black/Huber. Brava!!! :kiss:

And good luck in Dubai. Although Fran has the lost the last few times against Elena I like her chances for the very reason you mentioned, Veronika. ;) Nice photos by the way :hearts:

Forza!!! :banana:

Feb 27th, 2005, 02:06 PM
Congrats for the title!!!!!Yeah!!!! :bounce:

Feb 27th, 2005, 02:45 PM
Congrats Francesca :yeah:

And good luck in Dubai :bounce:

Mar 10th, 2005, 02:12 PM
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INDIAN WELLS, Calif.: Wayne Bryan introduces Francesca Schiavone and Dominik Hrbaty, who spent time helping children hone their tennis skills during Kids Day festivities.

Mar 10th, 2005, 02:14 PM
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INDIAN WELLS, Calif.: Francesca Schiavone high fives a youngster on Kids Day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Mar 11th, 2005, 11:40 AM
Francesca, good luck against Fujiwara :bounce:

Mar 13th, 2005, 03:10 PM
Nice pix :)

Very disappointing loss to Fujiwara. Get it back together Frannie! :smash:

Mar 25th, 2005, 08:00 PM
Finally a win for Francesca in Miami, but what a suffering!

(14) Francesca Schiavone ITA d. Megan Shaughnessy USA 76(5) 46 76(2)

Well done Francesca :yeah:

Mar 25th, 2005, 09:50 PM
Franny :D

Mar 27th, 2005, 11:37 AM
She lost in doubles though :sad:

Medina Garrigues/Safina (ESP/RUS) d. (7) M.Navratilova/Schiavone (USA/ITA) 64 36 62

Apr 23rd, 2005, 02:22 PM
Fran excellent in first Fed Cup tie against Russia!!!

Schiavone Gives Italy Early Lead

Italian number two Francesca Schiavone got the home side off to the perfect start with a comprehensive 75 63 win over Dinara Safina to give Itay a 1 - 0 lead. Schiavone blew an early 5-2 lead, but stormed back to take the first set showing her wealth of experience on clay. Tatiana Garbin now has the difficult job of taking on world number five Elena Dementieva.

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/homearticle/FC_1099_homearticle.JPG (http://www.fedcup.com/news/matchreport.asp?id=10609)

Apr 23rd, 2005, 02:34 PM
The Italian Team

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_1640_gallery.JPG Date: 22 Apr 2005

Apr 23rd, 2005, 03:56 PM
J & S CUP:

Schiavone Francesca (ITA)-Farina Elia Silvia (ITA)

Apr 23rd, 2005, 05:30 PM


Apr 23rd, 2005, 08:56 PM
thanks veronika :wavey:

Apr 24th, 2005, 03:56 AM
Yes thanks for the pix V :)

And great job by Franny Fine :yeah: I hope she comes with the same fighting spirit tomorrow.

As for the Warsaw draw pffff :mad: :tape:

May 1st, 2005, 12:54 PM
Some old pics I found in the Berlin photo archive:




May 1st, 2005, 02:10 PM
I hope Franny's not seriously injured and will be ready to lace em up in Rome :scared:

May 1st, 2005, 03:30 PM
yeah let's hope I've read nothing already about it so we can only wait and see i guess...

Forza Fran!!!

May 9th, 2005, 11:55 PM
Italian Open:

Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) 75 60

May 10th, 2005, 12:02 AM
lundi mai 9, 18h18
Italy's Francesca Schiavone (http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/te/profile/2027.html) returns a ball to Meghann Shaughnessy (http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/te/profile/305.html) from the U.S. during the women's Italian Open tennis tournament at Rome's

May 10th, 2005, 12:02 AM
lundi mai 9, 18h17
Italy's Francesca Schiavone (http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/te/profile/2027.html) celebrates after defeating U.S. Meghann Shaughnessy (http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/te/profile/305.html) during the women's Italian Open tennis tournment at Rome's Foro Italic

May 10th, 2005, 05:28 AM
Miss Fine :drool: :banana: :yeah:

Now a center court clash with Serena. Hopefully Fran will bring her best stuff and pull out an upset win in front of the home fans.

Forza Franny! :bounce:

May 10th, 2005, 07:15 AM
Saturday i saw an interview where Francesca said it's good to play against serena when this is her first match on red clay, so Francesca was quite trusting with her chances; she also said she was sure about people's support and that this could be determining. :cool:

Forza Francesca :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

May 11th, 2005, 08:02 PM
Franny is beating Serena right now 7-6, 2-0. I hope she can hang on...

Don't put up with any of Serena's bullying!! :(

May 11th, 2005, 08:53 PM
Francesca won 76 61 :banana: :woohoo: :banana:

Great win for Francesca! :yeah:

Perhaps this could be the right time to win a tournament for Fran? ;) :cool:

May 12th, 2005, 12:54 AM
Brava Francesca!!! :woohoo: :bigclap::woohoo: :aparty::woohoo:

How sweet is this pic? :hug: :smooch: ;)


(AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

May 12th, 2005, 05:00 PM
Bravissima Francesca!!!!! She's into QF now.This is the better place for Francesca to have a big win,don't you think?



May 12th, 2005, 05:17 PM

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http://www.telecomitaliamasters.it/images/dummy.gifFrancesca Schiavone kept the hopes of the host nation alive on Thursday with a 63 75 win over Japan's Ai Sugiyama, moving into the quarter finals.

The victory, over the tournament's number 15 seed, puts Francesca on a roll given that on Wednesday night she put out number three seed and world number four Serena Williams, also in straight sets.

In Thursday's match she came back three times from a break down in the second set (at 2-0, 4-2 and 5-3) before breaking at 5-5, saving break points which would have forced the tie-break and then closing the match on her second match point.

Francesca now faces Russia's Vera Zvonareva, another seed, number six this time, who today came through the third round against qualifier Catalina Castano.

" This was a very tough challenge. To win I had to pull everything out of the bag. I managed to follow the suggestions of my coach to the letter. Now I will give it all to do well in front of this fantastic crowd, who supported me in an exceptional way," Schiavone said after the match.

The omens are however not particularly good. Schiavone lost last year in the Rome Tennis Masters in the same round - the quarters - against the same player: Zvonareva.

Schiavone and Zvonareva join Amelie Mauresmo Conchita Martinez, Russia's Linetskaya e Patty Schyder in the quarter finals. This evening on centre court the final third round match will take place under floodlights between Mary Pierce and number one seed Maria Sharapova, who will become number one in the world if she wins here in Rome.

May 12th, 2005, 09:23 PM
Another good match for Francesca :yeah:

Now she must beat Zvonareva: she can do it and it would be beautiful to win in Rome, "in front of this fantastic crowd", as she said ;) :D

Moreover if she'll reach the semifinals a lot of italian people will see her in TV :)

Go Francesca! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

May 12th, 2005, 09:25 PM
How sweet is this pic? :hug: :smooch: ;)


It's fantastic! :hug: :worship:

May 12th, 2005, 09:32 PM

Francesca Schiavone of Italy celebrates after winning a point to Ai Sugiyama of Japan during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome's Foro Italico sports complex, Thursday, May 12, 2005. Schiavone won 6-3, 7-5.

May 12th, 2005, 09:32 PM

Francesca Schiavone of Italy celebrates after winning a point in her match against Ai Sugiyama of Japan at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome's Foro Italico sports complex, Thursday, May 12, 2005. Schiavone won 6-3, 7-5.
(AP Photo/ Ferdinando Mezzelani)

May 12th, 2005, 09:33 PM

Francesca Schiavone of Italy celebrates after winning the match against Ai Sugiyama of Japan at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome's Foro Italico sports complex, Thursday, May 12, 2005. Schiavone won 6-3, 7-5.

May 12th, 2005, 09:53 PM
Thanks for all the great pics and article!! :D Wow, what an exciting match today, Francesca is so funny and so entertaining on the court! :lol: She played really well again today; some great shots, like that volley in the final game! :bigclap: I'm already looking forward to the match tomorrow, just love watching her play, (especially in front of the Italian crowd :p ). She has such an exuberance when she plays and manages to convey her enjoyment of the game to those watching her so well!! Good luck against Vera, Francesca, you can do it!! :yeah:

May 13th, 2005, 03:10 AM
Great expressions! :D :hearts: And I love her in the blue top :cool:

A terrific fight from a break down to finish off Ai in straight sets. :worship: I trust she'll be fresh enough now to give Vera fits in front of a raucous crowd. :devil:

Bring it home Baby. Forza Francesca!!! :banana:

May 13th, 2005, 02:43 PM
Francesca :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:

You could do it! :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:

May 13th, 2005, 02:56 PM
Sorry Takaja...I understand you were hoping to see Fran in the semis tomorrow against Amelie :sad: :hug:

So close!!!!!!! :bigcry: but still a terrific tournament making headlines by knocking off Serena :yeah:

Go get em in Paris! :kiss:

May 13th, 2005, 07:46 PM
Sorry Takaja...I understand you were hoping to see Fran in the semis tomorrow against Amelie :sad: :hug:

So close!!!!!!! :bigcry: but still a terrific tournament making headlines by knocking off Serena :yeah:

I know :yeah:

The only thing is that Francesca sometimes make me a bit angry: she's a great fighter, nothing to say, but... so close, so close, but never a victory... :rolleyes:

Go get em in Paris! :kiss:

Obvoiusly good luck in Paris :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

May 18th, 2005, 01:14 PM
Yes, sad that Francesca didn't make the semis, 'cause I was hoping to see her play Amélie too!! :sad: But it was a great tournament for her!

Just thought I'd post this pic here which TatiAnnaholic posted in GM!



May 20th, 2005, 02:13 PM
Francesca has drawn chinese player Jie Zheng in the first round of French Open.

Forza Francesca!!!! :bounce:

May 21st, 2005, 08:26 PM
Yes, sad that Francesca didn't make the semis, 'cause I was hoping to see her play Amélie too!! :sad: But it was a great tournament for her!

Just thought I'd post this pic here which TatiAnnaholic posted in GM!



what grace :p

Not an easy FO draw for Fran. She'll need to be on her toes. :unsure: :p

May 24th, 2005, 04:32 PM
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Italy's Francesca Schiavone returns the ball to China's Jie Zheng during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium, Tuesday May 24, 2005 in Paris.

May 24th, 2005, 09:52 PM
Francesca suffered, but won against Jie Zheng (CHN) 63 36 64

Forza Francesca :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

May 25th, 2005, 01:53 AM
Gritty win but a little too close for comfort :scared: Stay armed Francesca :armed: Another dangerous opponent awaits in Vaidisova. Play your game though and you'll be victorious. ;)

Forza! :bounce:

May 28th, 2005, 06:43 AM
Through again with another determined win 6-2,7-6(5). :yeah: :kiss: Groenefeld is next.

No pressure Franny but you're the last one left. :p

Forza!!! :banana:

May 28th, 2005, 03:09 PM
Brava!!!!!!! :bigclap:

From 1-4 down in the first and 3-5 down in the second Franny stormed back to beat Anna Lena 7-6(3),7-5. A great sign that Fran is really fighting through these tough matches. :cool: :D

Now a possible showdown with Amelie on Chartrier :drool:

May 28th, 2005, 06:18 PM
Check that :o :unsure:

Fran's next opponent is Ana Ivanovic on Court One :eek:

Forza Francesca!!! :banana:

May 28th, 2005, 08:24 PM
Fantastic! :banana:

Good luck against Ana :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Jun 1st, 2005, 03:31 AM
Disappointing loss but a good tourney overall

Fran :hug:

Jun 21st, 2005, 05:39 PM
Wimbedon 1st round

Francesca lost against Kristina Brandi 36 63 79 :bigcry:

In the third set she had a lot of bp on 6-6, but nothing to do :(

It's a pity! :sad:

Jun 22nd, 2005, 12:23 AM



Jun 22nd, 2005, 04:33 AM
Not entirely unexpected but disappointing for sure. :( :sad:

I'm sure Francesca will be back with a vengance and raise hell at the Open though. You can count on it. :)

Jul 13th, 2005, 09:13 AM
Modena, 1st round

1 WC Francesca Schiavone d. Marlene Weingartner 63 62

Well done :yeah: Go on Francesca! :bounce:

Jul 13th, 2005, 08:58 PM
Modena, 2nd round

1 WC Francesca Schiavone d. Marta Marrero ESP 60 60 :)

Another convincing win for Francesca :yeah:

Jul 14th, 2005, 02:38 AM
wow Franny 's really tearing it up :eek: :D :yeah:

I can't help but feel her decisive doubles victory in Fed Cup was a huge confidence boost. I hope she can take this momentum all the way to her first title. It's long overdue.

Fran :kiss: :hug:

Jul 14th, 2005, 01:05 PM
Good luck in 1/4 final Francesca!! :):D ---> and I hope Fran wins 1st career title in her own country :hearts::hearts:

Jul 15th, 2005, 07:41 PM
Good luck in 1/4 final Francesca!! :):D ---> and I hope Fran wins 1st career title in her own country :hearts::hearts:

I'm sure she will!

I can feel it ;)

Go Franny!! :bounce:

Jul 15th, 2005, 07:51 PM
sigh... :sad: I tried my very best but it wasn't helping

Better luck next time Francesca :)

Jul 15th, 2005, 07:53 PM
I'm sure she will!

I can feel it ;)

Go Franny!! :bounce:


agnes szavay(q) b. Francesca Schiavone (1) 6-1 6-4... incredible!!

Jul 15th, 2005, 09:10 PM
Francesca :armed: :fiery: :sobbing: :banghead:

eternally incomplete :rolleyes:

Jul 16th, 2005, 03:28 AM
Very disappointing. :( :sad: :sobbing:

I was so hoping for a Tax-Fran semi and for Fran to win her first title here. I guess this talented teenager caught Franny by surprise. :awww:

Better luck next week assuming she's playing Palermo? :unsure:

Jul 30th, 2005, 01:14 PM
Fran will play in San Diego this next week:

Davenport - Bye
















Jul 30th, 2005, 01:19 PM
vote here please.... http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=181142

Aug 2nd, 2005, 08:52 PM
Francesca advanced easily to round 2!

(17) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (WC) Abigail Spears (USA) 63 62

Aug 2nd, 2005, 09:08 PM


Aug 3rd, 2005, 09:25 PM
San Diego - round 2

17 Francesca Schiavone ITA d. Q Anastassia Rodionova RUS 62 62 :yeah:

And now go against Patty Schnyder! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Aug 7th, 2005, 06:28 PM
Fran will compete in LA next week:

Maria Elena Camerin - (13)Francesca Schiavone


Aug 8th, 2005, 01:51 PM
The opponent changed

(13)Francesca Schiavone (ITA) vs Dally Radriantefy (MAD)

Forza Francesca! :bounce: