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Grossman sits at Orange kickoff

U.S. drops two, Herwitt ill

PERTH, Australia, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The second-seeded United States team dropped both of its singles matches to Italy but avoided a sweep by capturing the mixed doubles in the Hopman Cup competiti

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Oregon makes bid for national title

Belgium wins in Hopman Cup

PERTH, Australia, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Fourth-seeded Belgium overcame a surprising loss in women's singles Tuesday to rally past Italy, 2-1, in a Group A round-robin battle at the Hopman Cup.

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Kournikova wins at Seat Open

, Luxembourg, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Anna Kournikova, playing in her final event of the year, moved into the second round Tuesday with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Jana Kandarr at the Seat Open.

Grande, Sucha in Slovak final

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Rita Grande of Italy, the lone seed still alive in the field, advanced to the finals of the Slovak Indoor hardcourt tennis tournament Saturday.

Grande advances at Slovak Indoor

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Fourth seed Rita Grande of Italy again defeated Jennifer Hopkins of the United States, 6-4, 6-2, to reach the quarterfinals Thursday at the Slovak Indoor tennis

Ceranova pulls off upset

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Ludmila Cervanova of Slovakia stunned No. 6 Meilen Tu of the United States Wednesday at the Slovak Indoor, 6-4, 6-3, to reach the final eight of a WTA event for

Kremer advances at Slovak tennis

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Second seed Anne Kremer of Luxembourg edged Celine Beigbeder of France on Monday, 7-5, 7-5, to reach the second round of the Slovak Indoor tournament.

Hingis defeated in Kremlin Cup

MOSCOW, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Martina Hingis' reign as women's champion came to an end Friday, but Yevgeny Kafelnikov remained on course for his fifth straight men's title at the Kremlin Cup

Safin loses in home tournament

MOSCOW, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Marat Safin suffered a surprising 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), second-round loss Thursday to Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty, highlighting a day which saw a combined six seed
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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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