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Radwanska, Kirilenko among Korea Open winners

Radwanska, Kirilenko among Korea Open winners

SEOUL, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Top seeds Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Kirilenko both won in straight sets Tuesday during the first round of the KDB Korea Open tennis tournament in Seoul.
Serena Williams rained out at U.S. Open, sister Venus eliminated

Serena Williams rained out at U.S. Open, sister Venus eliminated

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Top seed Serena Williams was forced to wait a day to play her second-round match at the U.S. Open Wednesday while her sister was eliminated from the tournament.
Serena, Venus Williams among early U.S. Open winners

Serena, Venus Williams among early U.S. Open winners

NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Top-seeded four-time champion Serena Williams and elder sister Venus, a two-time winner herself, each recorded a first-round win Monday at the U.S. Open.
Serena Williams tops field at U.S. Open

Serena Williams tops field at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Serena Williams opens the defense of her U.S. Open singles title with a match against Francesca Schiavone, a player she hasn't lost to since 2009.
Serena Williams reaches third round at Rogers Cup

Serena Williams reaches third round at Rogers Cup

TORONTO, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Serena Williams coasted to a win in her first appearance of the tournament Wednesday and Magdalena Rybarikova won her seventh straight match at the Rogers Cup.

No. 1 seed Azarenka advances in California

CARLSBAD, Calif., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- No. 1 seed Victoria Azarenka rolled to an easy win over Francesca Schiavone Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Southern California Open.
Stosur wins in Southern California Open first round

Stosur wins in Southern California Open first round

CARLSBAD, Calif., July 30 (UPI) -- Fifth-seeded Samantha Stosur used a strong second set Monday to advance out of the first round of the Southern California Open tennis tournament.

Radwanska breezes into quarterfinals

STANFORD, Calif., July 25 (UPI) -- No. 1 seed Agnieszka Radwanska breezed into the quarterfinals Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Francesca Schiavone at the Bank of the West Classic.

Sorana Cirstea, Madison Keys take early victories at Stanford

STANFORD, Calif., July 23 (UPI) -- Fifth-seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea and American teenager Madison Keys each posted an opening-round victory Monday at the Bank of the West Classic.
Hantuchova wins long quarterfinal in Aegon Classic

Hantuchova wins long quarterfinal in Aegon Classic

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 14 (UPI) -- Daniela Hantuchova beat Francesca Schiavone in a 3 1/2-hour battle Friday and earned a spot in the semifinals of the Aegon Classic tennis tournament.

Keys advances on upset at Aegon Classic

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 13 (UPI) -- Madison Keys recorded a straight-set set Thursday and the right to meet No. 16-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova in the quarterfinals of the Aegon Classic in England.
Flipkens rallies for three-set win in Birmingham

Flipkens rallies for three-set win in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 12 (UPI) -- No. 1-seed Kirsten Flipkens rallied for a three-set victory Wednesday in second-round play of the Aegon Classic tennis tournament in England.

U.S. qualifier Alison Riske upends Tamira Paszek in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 11 (UPI) -- Fourth-seeded Tamira Paszek of Austria fell in a second-round upset to young American qualifier Alison Riske Tuesday at the grass-court Aegon Classic.
Maria Sharapova claims spot in French Open quarterfinals

Maria Sharapova claims spot in French Open quarterfinals

PARIS, June 3 (UPI) -- Defending champion and No. 2-ranked Maria Sharapova gained a quarterfinal berth at the French Open with a straight-set win Monday.
Sharapova, Azarenka advance to French Open fourth round

Sharapova, Azarenka advance to French Open fourth round

PARIS, June 1 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, despite slips in their games, won matches Saturday that put them in the fourth round of the French Open.
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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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