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Mauresmo tops women's seeds at Wimbledon

LONDON, June 23 (UPI) -- Amelie Mauresmo of France will be the No. 1 women's seed at this year's Wimbledon Championships in London.

Clijsters, Henin-Hardenne advance

EASTBOURNE, England, June 22 (UPI) -- Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne won their quarterfinal matches Thursday at the Hastings Direct International Championships in Eastbourne, England.

Mauresmo beaten at Eastbourne

EASTBOURNE, England, June 21 (UPI) -- Amelie Mauresmo Wednesday lost to compatriot Nathalie Dechy of France in three sets in the second round of the Hastings Direct International Championships. The Eastbourne, England, tournament is the final event before Wimbledon starts on Monday.

Schiavone wins, Hantuchova loses

EASTBOURNE, England, June 19 (UPI) -- Italian Francesca Schiavone advanced but Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova was an opening-round loser Monday at the Hastings Direct International Championships.

Sharapova makes the DFS semifinals

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 16 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia Friday cruised into the semifinals of the grass-court DFS Classic in Birmingham, England.

Sharapova again wins at Birmingham

LONDON, June 15 (UPI) -- Russian Maria Sharapova Thursday beat China's Na Li, 6-2, 6-4, in the third round of the DFS Classic in Birmingham, England.

Sharapova leads winners at Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 14 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia led Wednesday's winners in the second-round of the grass-court DFS Classic at Birmingham, England.

High women's seeds advance in Paris

PARIS, June 2 (UPI) -- Amelie Mauresmo, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams all won third-round matches Friday at the French Open Tennis Tournament in Paris.

Mauresmo leads women's winners at Paris

PARIS, May 31 (UPI) -- Amelie Mauresmo, Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams Wednesday all won their second-round matches at the French Open in Paris.

Clijsters beaten in Rome

ROME, May 18 (UPI) -- Dinara Safina Thursday stunned top seed Kim Clijsters, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), in the third round of the women's Italian Masters Tennis Tournament in Rome.

Venus, Hingis reach third round in Rome

ROME, May 16 (UPI) -- Former champions Venus Williams and Martina Hingis were among Tuesday's second-round winners at the $1.34 million Internazionali d'Italia.

Venus Williams loses Warsaw quarterfinals

WARSAW, Poland, May 5 (UPI) -- Venus Williams lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, 6-4, 6-2, Friday at the quarterfinals of the J&S Cup tennis tournament in Warsaw, Poland. The American-born Williams is the reigning women's champion at Wimbledon and was the No. 7 seed in this tournam

Venus Williams beats Hingis at Warsaw

WARSAW, Poland, May 4 (UPI) -- Venus Williams Thursday beat Martina Hingis, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, in the quarterfinals of the J&S Cup tennis tournament at Warsaw, Poland.

Myskina loses to Polish teen in Warsaw

WARSAW, Poland, May 2 (UPI) -- Former French Open champion Anastasia Myskina lost to Polish teenager Agnieszka Radwanska in Tuesday's opening-round of the J&S Cup in Poland.

Petrova wins at Amelia Island

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla., April 10 (UPI) -- Russia's Nadia Petrova Sunday beat Francesca Schiavone of Italy to win the Bausch & Lomb Championships at Amelia Island, Fla.
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Francesca Schiavone
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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