China’s Li Na has defeated defending champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6- to claim her maiden Grand Slam title. Li dominated the match to also provide China with their first Grand Slam and no doubt inspire many around the world in what was a battle of mature players. Read more
Francesca Schiavone has battled her way to her second consecutive French Open final and secured the chance to defend her only Grand Slam.
Her opponent in the semis, Marion Bartoli, was fighting for French pride in the windy conditions but it was Francesca’s variety of play that brought Bartoli undone. Schiavone drew first blood and took a 5-3 lead in the first set before serving the set out. Read more
China’s Li Na, a peoples favourite from the Australian Open, has triumphed over Maria Sharapova in straight sets 6-4, 7-5 over night. Sharapova was looking to complete a career Grand Slam at the French Open and looked to be in the form to do so but the Russian’s game was hampered by the windy conditions in Paris. Read more
Marion Bartoli has delighted French crowds by making the semifinals of her home tournament for the first time in her career after beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6, 6-4. Bartoli now faces defending champion Francesca Schiavone for a place in the final. Read more
Vera Zvonareva should have beaten Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in two easy sets but as is often the case it didn’t work out so well for the often emotional Russian. Instead Pavlyuchenkova upset the highest seed left in the draw on the women’s side 7-6, 2-6, 6-2.
Vera, despite dropping serve early, quickly moved to a comfortable 5-2 position with a set point in hand before the wheels fell off. Pavlyuchenkova somehow managed to fight back and force a tiebreak and quickly found her way to a 4-1 advantage. Read more
Francesca Schiavone has opened her defense of her only Grand Slam title by thumping American Melanie Oudin. The two players exchanged breaks early on in the first set before Schiavone simply pummeled her younger opponent. It took just 62 minutes for the Italian to be heading back into the locker room. Read more
After two hours and 44 minutes Francesca Schiavone has given Italy a 2-1 lead against Australian after defeating Sam Stosur 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 in Hobart. Schiavone tried to use the same tactics that had helped her beat a nervous Sam at Roland Garros, but her charges to the net were not always successful. Read more
With players like Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova stepping up to open proceedings for Russia in their Fed Cup tie against France, no one expected the French to find themselves with a 2-0 lead. Read more
In January we were blessed with a lot of great candidates for player of the month. Novak Djokovic produced some incredible, near groin splitting, moments during the Australian Open as he slid around the court, defending like I’ve never seen him do before. Kim Clijsters cried as she became Aussie Kim. Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova produced some truly incredible fighting spirit to battling to 16-14 in the third set. Despite the amazing efforts of these players I have to give it to Li Na. Read more