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Yesterday 09:16 PM
rucolo
Re: Francesca Schiavone cheering thread

https://twitter.com/WTA/status/878396503814950914

Yesterday 09:00 PM
rucolo
Re: Francesca Schiavone cheering thread

WTA Mallorca

R2 vs Kris Pliskova

Yesterday 08:51 PM
rucolo
Re: Francesca Schiavone cheering thread

Shot of the day

Yesterday 08:49 PM
rucolo
Re: Francesca Schiavone cheering thread

Set 3

Yesterday 08:48 PM
rucolo
Re: Francesca Schiavone cheering thread

Set 2

Yesterday 08:47 PM
rucolo
Re: Francesca Schiavone cheering thread

WTA Mallorca

R1 vs Bouchard

Set 1

May 7th, 2017 01:44 PM
paologiorgi
Re: Francesca Schiavone cheering thread

I would just like to remark the amazing efforts of Sexa this week in Rabat!
Another final, lost in a close match against Pavlyuchenkova. So proud of her, she's a big role model and an inspiration not only for tennis...thanks Sexa
Apr 19th, 2017 03:13 PM
rucolo
Re: Francesca Schiavone cheering thread

Shot of the day

Apr 19th, 2017 03:12 PM
rucolo
Re: Francesca Schiavone cheering thread

Set 2

Apr 19th, 2017 03:11 PM
rucolo
Re: Francesca Schiavone cheering thread

WTA Bogota

Final vs Arruabarrena

Set 1

Apr 19th, 2017 02:51 PM
rucolo
Re: Francesca Schiavone cheering thread

Shot of the day

Apr 19th, 2017 02:50 PM
rucolo
Re: Francesca Schiavone cheering thread

WTA Bogota

SF vs Larsson

Apr 19th, 2017 02:30 PM
rucolo
Re: Francesca Schiavone cheering thread

WTA Bogota

QF vs #1 seed Bertens

Apr 17th, 2017 07:51 PM
WhoAmI?
Re: Francesca cheering thread

Winner!

Apr 17th, 2017 07:38 PM
rucolo
Re: Francesca cheering thread

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/articl...os-dream-alive

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Schiavone Sails To Bogota Title, Keeps Final Roland Garros Dream Alive

Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone turned back the clock at the Claro Open Colsanitas, winning her 600th career match and eighth title in Bogota.

April 15, 2017

BOGOTA, Colombia - Playing her final season on tour, 36-year-old Francesca Schiavone not only earned her eighth career WTA title at the Claro Open Colsanitas, but also gained valuable ranking points towards guaranteeing what would be her final French Open main draw appearance, outlasting No.4 seed Lara Arruabarrena, 6-4, 7-5.

"I'm very happy and emotional," she said in her on-court interview. "Today was a disaster match, but winning was the most important thing. Lara is improving a lot; I think she pulled a muscle and couldn't run as well that she could, but I thank God that I could win the last three games."

A former World No.4, Schiavone announced 2017 would be her last season, and came into the clay court season without winning a main draw match all year.

Just as she first did in 2010, when she won her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, the wildcard found some extra magic on the red clay of Colombia, shocking top seed and 2016 French Open semifinalist Kiki Bertens and No.3 seed Johanna Larsson en route to her first WTA final since the Rio Open last February.

"In this moment I have memories of my championship in Roland Garros," she added in her post-match press conference. "I have always had very good performances on clay. It was too long since I won a title and I am very pleased to win again. It was a very good tournament for me here in Bogota. I felt very excited to be playing my game."

It was nonetheless a tough ask against Arruabarrena, a 2012 champion in Bogota who had enjoyed a career-best run at the Miami Open, where she reached the fourth round.

"There wasn't a big difference between us. It was very close."

The Italian kept up her impressive form to start Saturday's final, winning her ninth straight set as Arruabarrena got the upper hand in the second, breaking serve and holding four set points to force a decider.

"Play in this altitude is difficult, in the second set, it was hard because she started to play well. But she had a little injury in her leg so I started to move her around the court, and perform my backhand to ensure the victory."

Schiavone showed off her signature fighting spirit to save all four and roll through the final four games of the match to earn her 600th career win and bring her ranking back to within striking distance of the Top 100.

"I'm not thinking about retirement," she said after striking 28 winners to just 21 unforced errors. "I'm enjoying tennis."
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