June 5 (Paris) – Francesca Schiavone beat Samantha Stosur in the French Open women’s final to become the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam tennis title. The 29-year-old from Milan defeated Stosur of Australia, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) on Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros.
Francesca Schiavone – who had never even been beyond the quarter-finals of a major before – beat Samantha Stosur in two sets to become the first Italian woman to win the French Open in the Open era. She is the first Italian woman to reach the final at Roland Garros, or at any of tennis’ four Grand Slam events.
Playing in her 12th year on the WTA Tour, Schiavone’s best result in Paris before today had been reaching the quarterfinals in 2001. The 29-year-old also reached the quarterfinals of the 2003 U.S. Open and at Wimbledon last year. The victory means Francesca Schiavone will rise to number 6 in the World Rankings on June 7, 2010, making her a top-ten player for the first time in her career.