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Suarez Navarro, Niculescu among early Brasil Tennis Cup winners

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro cruised in a first-round match and defending champ Monica Niculescu also advanced Monday at the Brasil Tennis Cup.

Klara Zakopalova advances, Francesca Schiavone upset in Rio

RIO DE JANERIO, Brazil, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- No. 1 seed Klara Zakopalova advanced but second-seeded Francesca Schiavone tumbled Tuesday in first-round play at the inaugural Rio Open.
Zakopalova, Pavlyuchenkova win in WTA stop in Paris

Zakopalova, Pavlyuchenkova win in WTA stop in Paris

PARIS, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Klara Zakopalova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova posted wins Monday in opening-day play at the GDF Suez Open tennis tournament in Paris.
Cibulkova, Li set for women's Australian Open final

Cibulkova, Li set for women's Australian Open final

MELBOURNE, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Dominika Cibulkova goes for a pair of firsts Saturday when she plays Li Na for the 2014 Australian Open women's singles title.
Sharapova posts straight-set win in Brisbane

Sharapova posts straight-set win in Brisbane

BRISBANE, Australia, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova, returning after a layoff due to injury, dropped only three games in a first-round win Monday at the Brisbane International tennis tournament.
Safarova advances at Luxembourg in straight sets

Safarova advances at Luxembourg in straight sets

LUXEMBOURG, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Fifth-seeded Lucie Safarova was among four straight-set winners in first-round play Monday at the Luxembourg Open WTA tennis tournament.
Stosur claims WTA win in Japan

Stosur claims WTA win in Japan

OSAKA, Japan, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Samantha Stosur defeated Eugenie Bouchard 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in Sunday's final at the WTA's HP Japan Women's Open Tennis tournament.
Kerber overcomes slow start for WTA win at Linz

Kerber overcomes slow start for WTA win at Linz

LINZ, Austria, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Top-seed Angelique Kerber rebounded from a first-set shutout in claiming a first-round win Wednesday at the Generali Ladies Linz WTA tournament in Austria.
Voegele opens Ladies Linz tournament with three-set win

Voegele opens Ladies Linz tournament with three-set win

LINZ, Austria, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Stefanie Voegele had a near-perfect third set Monday in gaining a spot in the second round of the Generali Ladies Linz WTA tennis tournament in Austria.
Li claims easy second-round China Open win

Li claims easy second-round China Open win

BEIJING, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Local favorite Li Na dropped just one game Tuesday in posting a second-round win at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing.

Italians Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci record first-round China Open wins

BEIJING, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Seeded Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci each recorded a first-round victory Saturday to help kick off the China Open in Beijing.
Radwanska, Pavlyuchenkova to play for Korea Open title

Radwanska, Pavlyuchenkova to play for Korea Open title

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- World No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska and third-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova earned wins Saturday that put them in the final of the KDB Korea Open in Seoul.
Radwanska breezes into Korea Open semifinals

Radwanska breezes into Korea Open semifinals

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- World No 4-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska dropped just two games Friday in advancing to the semifinals of the KDB Korea Open tennis tournament in Seoul.
Date-Krumm posts KDB Korea Open upset win

Date-Krumm posts KDB Korea Open upset win

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Kimiko Date-Krumm, whose first WTA match came in 1989, ousted second-seeded Maria Kirilenko in a second-round match of the KDB Korea Open in Seoul.
Pavlyuchenkova escapes upset, wins at KDB Korea Open

Pavlyuchenkova escapes upset, wins at KDB Korea Open

SEOUL, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova escaped the string of upsets Wednesday with a second-round victory at the KDB Korea Open tennis tournament in Seoul.
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Na Li of China (L) and Francesca Schiavone of Italy hold their respective trophies after playing their French Open womens final match at Roland Garros in Paris on June 4, 2011. Li defeated Schiavone 6-4, 7-6 (0) to become the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam tennis event. UPI/David Silpa
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Francesca Schiavone (Italian pronunciation: ; born 23 June 1980 in Milan) is an Italian tennis player who turned professional in 1998. She won the 2010 French Open singles title, becoming the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam event in singles. She was also runner-up at the 2011 French Open. As of 20 August 2011, Schiavone's ranking is World No. 8; her career high ranking is World No. 4, achieved on 31 January 2011.

Schiavone employs an all court game and has a very classic approach to her clay game. She uses an extreme eastern grip on her one handed backhand. Chris Fowler and Brad Gilbert described her forehand as a "buggy whip."

Schiavone has won four singles titles on the WTA tour, but has also achieved ten runner-ups in total, eight of them since the autumn of 2005. Schiavone lost her first eight career finals before finally winning her first title in July 2007. She and her Italian teammates Mara Santangelo, Flavia Pennetta, and Roberta Vinci beat the Belgium team 3–2 in the 2006 Fed Cup final. Justine Henin had to retire in the fifth and final match due to an injury in her right knee, which let Italy win their first Fed Cup trophy. This match was a doubles match and Kirsten Flipkens partnered Henin and Roberta Vinci partnered Schiavone. In 2009 she won the Fed Cup with Italy for the second time against the USA, and also made the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the first time. In 2010 Italy with Schiavone won the Fed Cup for the third time.

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