Sports Saturday Thread #1 For 6/5/10: FABOLOUS Francesca- Schiavone Becomes The First Italian Women To Win A Grand Slam Title

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Francesca Schiavone has taken the first set over Samantha Stosur, as the Italian has resembled a former version of Justine Henin in the opener, excelling on her one handed backhand that the Belgian just could not do well against the Australian on Monday.

They are locked deep in a battle in the 2nd set, with Schiavone staying in the 2nd and making it competitive again by breaking Stosur to get it back on serve here at 4-3.

A live viewing of the final can be seen here folks.

Update: The excellent serving here continues, as Schiavona and Stosur are now locked deep here in the second, with Stosur up 6-5 on serve.

Update 2: The Italian is three points away here in this tiebreak.


The quick review: Francesca Schiavone has become the 1st Italian woman to win a Grand Slam singles championship, defeating Sam Stosur in a wonderful 6-4, 7-6 (2) final at the French Open women's championship.

Make no mistake about it, this final was a complete opposite of last year's women's final, where Dinara Safina basically self-destructed to give Sveltana Kuznetsova her 2nd French Open. Both of these terrific veteran ladies showed why their hard work placed them in this unlikely but enjoyable final, as only three breaks of serve transpired in the whole match.

But it was the magical Italian, almost resembling Justine Henin on her best day here, that truly earned the title with such placidity and boldness considering the circumstances.

Devastating for the Australian, who showed how she has the ability and belief to win a Grand Slam Title one day hopefully. And it made it more necessary for Schiavone, the class act that she is, to console her not only at net but in her very generous and beautiful trophy ceremony speech.

It is always great to see the great people of the sport have a chance to win on the ultimate stage in sports. And that was certainly what we had today in the two participants.

Only one could win however on this day. And with Australia's rich tennis history on both sides, it only seemed fitting that Italy received its first Grand Slam in the women's department.

And it was only more fitting that it was the soon to be 30 year old Schiavone be the one to do just so.
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