Saturday, June 5, 2010

Nothing is Impossible

By defeating Sam Stosur in the Roland Garros women's singles final, Francesca Schiavone became the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam event, and the first Italian to win one since Aderiano Panatta won the French Open in 1976.

The 29-year old Italian never progressed beyond the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam event, and only won 3 minor singles title before her breakthrough at the Paris clay. She is the second oldest woman since 1968 to win her first Grand Slam title.

As the 17th-seed, Schiavone was also the first since 1933 to win the title by someone who is not in the Top 10 ranking.

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