Italian Tennis Player Francesca Schiavone
Francesca Schiavone was born on 23rd of June 1980 in Milan, Italy. She started playing professional tennis from 1998 and went ahead to win the 2010 French open Singles title securing the position of being the first Italian women to win a Grand Slam singles title. She was also the finalist in the 2011 French open singles event after losing to Li Na.. As on Nov 12, 2012 she was ranked as World’s No. 35, after being at the rank of No.4 which is her career’s best on 31st of January, 2011. She is currently ranked as the World’s No.51 in the doubles after reaching as high as No.8 on the 12th of February 2007.
Her major doubles record in the Grand Slam includes reaching the semi finals of the Australian Open in 2009. She was also the finalist in the French open in 2008 and the semi finalist in the US Open in 2006 and the Wimbledon in 2012. Schiavone also succeeded in reaching the quarter finals of the summer Olympics held in 2004. Schiavone is known to have a classical approach towards her clay court games and employs her extreme eastern grip on the one handed backhand of hers. Schiavone also has 5 WTA tour titles on her record along with 10 runners up positions too from 2005 to date. Schiavone before winning her initial title in 2007 July, lost eight career finals, however teamed with her partners the Italian team beat Belgium in the Fed Cup finals in 2006.