CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Schiavone, first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title

06-06-2010 13:41 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

Two unlikely tournament finalists would get their best chance to claim a Grand Slam title at the French Open on Saturday. Francesca Schiavone looked to become the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title. Samantha Stosur hoped to continue her incredible rise to the top of women's tennis at Roland Garros in Paris.

Schiavone tried to make history from Italy, while Stosur was bidding to become the first Australian woman to win a women's Grand Slam since Evonne Goolagong triumphed at Wimbledon in 1980. Stosur dispatched some heavy-hitting rivals. She topped four-time champion Justine Henin, world number one Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic en route to the final.

But the underdog Schiavone stepped up first and she took the first set 6-4, behind a raucous crowd hungry for history in Paris.

Stosur saved two break points and held serve in the third game of the second set, and then finally broke the Italian's serve to move into a 4-1 lead.

But Schiavone caught up and forced a tiebreak. The first four points went with serve. Then, Schiavone scored the first mini-break with a backhand pass to take a 3-2 lead. The 17th seed never looked back from there. Stosur served at 6-2 down in the tie-break and finally mis-hit a backhand on match point. Schiavone wins her first Grand Slam title. At just under 30 years of age, she is the oldest first-time Grand Slam winner since Ann Jones won Wimbledon in 1969, 41 years ago.

Francesca Schiavone of Italy poses with her trophy after winning the women's final against Samantha Stosur of Australia during their women's final at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris June 5, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Francesca Schiavone of Italy poses with her 
trophy after winning the women's final against 
Samantha Stosur of Australia during their 
women's final at the French Open tennis tournament 
at Roland Garros in Paris June 5, 2010. 
(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program