Sharapova, Li Na, A. Radwanska win at French Open

PARIS, May 27 (UPI) -- Defending champion Maria Sharapova advanced with a first-round victory at the French Open Monday, joining China's Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

Hradecka wins twice to gain Strasbourg International final

STRASBOURG, France, May 24 (UPI) -- Lucie Hradecka won a pair of matches Friday that advanced her to the finals of the Strasbourg International tennis tournament in search of her first WTA title.
Laura Robson beats Venus Williams in Rome

Laura Robson beats Venus Williams in Rome

ROME, May 13 (UPI) -- Laura Robson posted a Rome International tennis tournament win Monday over Venus Williams that gives her a match against world No. 1 Serena Williams.
Kanepi, Suarez Navarro win in Portugal Open second round

Kanepi, Suarez Navarro win in Portugal Open second round

OEIRAS, Portugal, May 1 (UPI) -- Kaia Kanepi and Carla Suarez Navarro, who played in the tournament finals last year, on Wednesday both posted wins at the Portugal Open.
Top seeds ousted in women's section of Portugal Open

Top seeds ousted in women's section of Portugal Open

OEIRAS, Portugal, April 30 (UPI) -- Top seeds Marion Bartoli and Dominika Cibulkova were beaten Tuesday in first-round matches at the Portugal Open.
Sharapova keeps pace with Williams in tennis rankings

Sharapova keeps pace with Williams in tennis rankings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 29 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova collected her 29th WTA title with a win in Germany that allowed her to keep close to No. 1 Serena Williams in the women's tennis rankings.

Francesca Schiavone routs Dominguez Lino in Morocco final

MARRAKECH, Morocco, April 28 (UPI) -- Italy's Francesca Schiavone cruised to her first title of the year Sunday, dispatching Lourdes Dominguez Lino in the final of the Moroccan Grand Prix.

Schiavone reaches Moroccan Grand Prix finals

MARRAKECH, Morocco, April 27 (UPI) -- Sixth-seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy defeated Chanelle Scheepers in straight sets in the semifinals of the Moroccan Grand Prix Saturday.
Schiavone takes spot in Morocco Grand Prix semis

Schiavone takes spot in Morocco Grand Prix semis

MARRAKECH, Morocco, April 26 (UPI) -- Francesca Schiavone's win Friday over third-seeded Alize Cornet left her the only seeded player through to the semifinals of the Morocco Grand Prix.

Minella tops Kanepi in Moroccan upset

MARRAKECH, Morocco, April 25 (UPI) -- Mandy Minella ousted fourth-seeded Kaia Kanepi in a second-round match Thursday at the Moroccan Grand Prix tennis tournament.

Cornet, Scheepers win second-round matches in Morocco

MARRAKECH, Morocco, April 24 (UPI) -- Alize Cornet rallied for a second-round win Wednesday at the Morocco Grand Prix WTA tennis tournament.

Italy sweeps Fed Cup singles against Czechs

PALERMO, Italy, April 20 (UPI) -- Italy took a 2-0 lead over the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup semifinals Saturday with singles victories by Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
Kvitova keys Czech's Fed Cup hope in Italy

Kvitova keys Czech's Fed Cup hope in Italy

PALERMO, Italy, April 19 (UPI) -- Two-time defending Fed Cup champion Czech Republic placed Petra Kvitova in the key singles slots for this weekend's semifinal series against Italy.

Sharapova easily advances at Sony Open

MIAMI, March 22 (UPI) -- No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova breezed into the third round of the Sony Open Friday and Lauren Davis took advantage of her second chance.

Sharapova, Burdette earn second-round wins

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 9 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova breezed into the third round of the BNP Paribas Friday and 16-year-old American Mallory Burdette picked up a big win as well.
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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

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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