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Grand Slam: Still Not This Time, For Australia …

  • June 6th, 2010
  • Posted by EUEditor

schiavone.jpgFrancesca Schiavone (picture) has become Italy’s first-ever women’s Grand Slam winner, in the French Open tennis, in Paris (5.6.10).

She defeated Australia’s Samantha Stosur, 6-4, 7-6.

The Italian 17th seed in the tournament, aged 29, had never before got past the quarter-final stage in major Open tennis.

samsite24.jpgSamantha Stosur, 7th seed, had been a favourite to break a long drought in women’s Grand Slam events for Australia.

Margaret Smith Court won in Paris, for the fifth time, in 1973; Evonne Goolagong Cawley was the last Australian winner in a Grand Slam series, at Wimbledon in 1980.

Pictures

Francesca Schiavone, tennisweb.it; Samantha Stosur, (s.stosur-home)

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