Schiavone takes Strasbourg title

Sat, 26 May 16:23:00 2012

Second seed Francesca Schiavone claimed the WTA title in Strasbourg with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Alize Cornet in the final.

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It was the perfect Roland Garros warm-up for the Italian who has made the last two French Open finals - winning the title in 2010 and finishing runner-up to Li Na in 2011.

She had won just two matches on clay in seven tournaments in 2012 prior to this week but claimed the title in 104 minutes after breaking her unseeded opponent on five occasions during the match.

Home favourite Cornet, in her first WTA final since 2008, did break Schiavone on three occasions but was hampered by a thigh injury she suffered early in the second set.

It was 32-year-old Schiavone's first title since winning in Paris two years ago. She faces Kimiko Date-Krumm in her opening match on the French clay.

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  1. She had a terrible clay season before this tournament­ so this was a much needed return to form. Yes it's­ a small event and weak opposition but stringing 5 wins­ together before RG will do her confidence some good.

    From Bobito, on Sun 27 May 8:24
  2. #4: it is a small tournament, but to say no one cares­ about it... Look back at the list of winners: Novotna­ (90), MJ Fernandez (94), Davenport (95-96), Graf (97),­ Spirlea (98), Capriati (99), Farina (01-03), Vaidisova­ (06), Sharapova (10) and now Schiavone. Not too bad for­ a tournament no one cares about. All these Strasbourg­ winners share 33 slams between them.

    From Julien A, on Sun 27 May 1:46
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    This tournament nobody care about. You want proof, no!?­ OK You ever hearing Sue Barkers ask 'Who won the­ Strasbourg title in 2012?' on next years Question­ of Sport TV show? I think so not. Just watch all the­ shows next year to see if she do, but she won't,­ trust me.

    From Wozzilroy, on Sat 26 May 18:40
  4. Finally, a title for Francesca again. She lost 8 finals­ before capturing her first, and this is just her 5th­ from 16 finals. A dismal record, if it were not for­ that Grand Slam in Paris 2010, which was a BIG surprise­ then. She could go far this year also, but another­ final is not likely. Maybe a quarter or a semi? I like­ her one-handed backhand; one of the few in the­ women's game, which is sad. I miss Henin and­ Mauresmo!

    From HsSimon, on Sat 26 May 18:33
  5. Well done to Fran! I don´t think she´ll get to the­ final at Roland Garros, but she´s definitely one to­ watch!

    From sarah37729, on Sat 26 May 18:17
  6. She always seems to find her form in time for Roland­ Garros.

    From Andrew, on Sat 26 May 16:46
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