French Open 2010: Women's Final Live Blog; Sam Stosur vs. Francesca Schiavone
9:24 A.M: Sorry, there was an Internet problem for the first half hour. Currently it is 2-2 in the first set with Stosur up 40-30 and serving.
9:28: So here we are. The women's final. Just a quick question, when the draws came out, did anyone think that either of these players would be here? Sure, they are both ranked, but there are so many more dominant players such as the Williams sisters and Justine Henin. Stosur up 3-2 on Francesca Schiavone, on serve.
9:31: Wow, watching Schiavone for the first time, it is apparent that she is extremely strong. She is ranked 17th in the world and has been around the professional level for about 10 years, but never made it past the quarterfinals in any major tournament! No Italian woman has ever made it this far in this tournament. 3-3, first set, on serve.
9:35: There have not been a lot of good women's finals at the French Open lately. This has good potential as both players seem to be relentesly holding serve. 4-3 on serve.
9:37: Stosur had an extremely hard draw to get here. She is known as a doubles player. She has beaten Henin, Serena Wiliams, and Jelana Jancovic!...to name a few. She is ranked 7th in the world, but tahat is due to a recent surge in her singles tennis game.
9:41: It is actually the first Italian woman ever to make it to a major final. Schiavone holds, 4-4, on serve.
9:43: Interesting fact: There is a strong possibility that Stosur will have her ranking rocket to three in the world if she wins this match. 0-40 on Stosur's serve, and one more point means that Schiavone will have a chance to serve for the set! 15-40.
9:45: Wow, what a point, Schiavone hits the tape and it is 30-40. And Stosur DOUBLE FAULTS! Huge break for Schiavone!
9:47: A lot of the crowd has been rooting for the Italian. Stosur will need to break to stay in the set.
9:48: 0-15, as Schiavone's drop shots falls into the net. Now it is 0-30, and Stosur has a shot.
9:50: Two big shots from Schiavone = 30-30. Then a miss-hit from Stosur creates a set point.
9:51: What a RALLY. Deuce on the Stosur forehand.
9:52: Serve and volley! Ad for Francesca.
9:53: Stosur's backhand goes into the net and Francesca Schiavone is one set away!
9:54: Leave comments, please! Also, don't forget to follow my men's final live blog tomorrow at 9:00 A.M EST. It will be Rafael Nadal vs. Robin Soderling. Don't forget that Soderling the only player ever to beat Nadal here, which he did last year.
9:55: Stosur leads 30-15, second set, first game.
9:57: This has to be a nervous moment or both these players, as Stosur holds, 1-0. Neither of these players have ever played on such a big stage, and this might be their best chance for either of them to fulfil every tennis player's dream of winning a final.
10:01: Schiavone has beaten Elena Dementiava (5) in one set after the Russian retired. She also beat Caroline Wozniacki (3), Maria Kirelenko (30), and Na LI (11), after nearly losing in the first round. She lost the first set of the tournament, but has fought her way to be within one set of the championship.
10:02: Francesca Schiavone is angry about a point she lost that she though was out. Then she comes back with a winner to go up 15-30. We are on serve 1-1 in the second set.
10:04: Outstanding rally to make it 15-40.
10:06: Stosur fights her way back, deuce. It is important that she wins this so she doesn't have to break. Stosur has not had a break chance all day. 2-1, as she holds.
10:08: Each game here is crucial, as it seems that neither player is breaking. One break could severely alter the entire match.
10:12: Game point here, 40-30 on Schiavone's serve.
10:13: Break point! Stosur trying to take the game to go up 3-1.
10:14: Stosur blows the rally with her forehand going long.
10:15: Schiavone is looking fatigued as Stosur breaks!
10:17: Volley by Stosur is a winner, then an error by Francesca, followed by a big serve from Stosur, gives the Aussie the hold. 4-1, second set.
10:20: Stosur taking over. It is only a one break lead, but Stosur has alll the momentum.
10:23: As I say that, Francesca holds and now is up 0-30, and two points away form going back even. 0-40 now!
10:25: After an ace, Stosur's forehand is way off, and Schiavone's breaks back, 4-3 Stosur leads, but we are on serve.
10:28: Stosur has a shot here in the following game, 15-30.
10:29: Stosur seems to be be over hitting the ball, 40-30.
10:30: Stosur blows the the drop shot volley, 4-4, second set. Schiavone has really come back here. Stosur really needs to hold, or this match might just be over. 15-0.
10:31: Schiavone slams one. 15-15. Both players need to keep their had or they might/will lose. 30-15. Factoid. Neither player has more than one double fault, and not since 2001 has there been a third set in the women's final. Stosur holds, 5-4, second set, on serve.
10:35: Schiavone hits two aces, 40-0. Winner of the match, will be ranked sixth. Loser is ranked seventh. William sisters still ranked one and two. Schiavone holds 5-5. It is officially crunch time.
10:37: Both players are going for a lot. 30-0. Schiavone miss-hit makes it 40-0.
10:38: Stosur holds on the forehand at love. Two straight games at love. Women's tennis is usually full of breaks. Not this match. Just three the entire match.
10:40: If Schiavone can hold, we go to a tiebreak. Stosur wins, we go to set three. 15-0 with Schiavone serving.
10:42: Schiavone holds, and we go to a tiebreak. Factoid. Last year's French Open, they played each other in the first round.
10:44: Stosur wins the point on her serve, 1-0 in the tiebreak. First to seven, win by two are the rules. 1-1.
10:46: 3-2 Schiavone leads, and she has the mini-break.
10:47: Great rally as Schiavone wins the volley. Schiavone is PUMPED!
10:48: Forehand winner for Schiavone, 5-2. Schiavone is quickly pulling away, Stosur needs to comeback. 6-2!!! Amazing point. FOUR MATCH POINTS!
10:50: Schiavone WINNNNNNNSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! She kisses the red clay, and falls to the ground as she has won the first major for any Italian woman. No one picked her. Truly one of the best stories in women's tennis history. She was always good, but never great. She jumps up into the stands to say thanks to her friends family and fans. What a great day.
10:53: Thank you for following. Please join my live blog tomorrow for the men's final at 9:00 A.M. EST.
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