With the start of the new year comes the start of the tennis season. Since the old live scoring thread from last year had over 5,000 posts in it, I figured I'd start a new living scoring thread since Caro will be playing again soon.
Schiavone's win against Wozniacki was indoors at Zürich in 2008 - in other words, a lifetime ago as far as the Dane's career is concerned. The oldest and youngest players left in the draw, both have reached at least the fourth round at the last four Grand Slam events and have plenty to play for this time around. Schiavone fell in the quarters here in 2001, and if she wins today she'll be the first Italian woman to reach the semis at Roland Garros in the Open Era; regardless of the result, with her 30th birthday looming she is projected to make her Top 10 debut next week. Like a fine wine she has improved with age but she'll need to be at her best against Wozniacki, who despite a suspect ankle and patchy lead-up has avoided too much drama so far here in Paris. It will be up to the feisty Schiavone to make the plays if she is to stand a real chance.
Brad Gilbert: "You dont have to be the best in the world every time you go out there. You just have to be better than one guy."