Stosur, Schiavone To Debut In French Final
Published: June 03, 2010 at 2:28 pm
Samantha Stosur continued her incredible run at the 2010 French Open by advancing over Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-2. Stosur lost to Jankovic just weeks ago in Rome, but her recent performances, including consecutive wins over Justine Henin and Serena Williams, portray just how powerful her game has become.
It took all but an hour for the Australian native to make it to her first ever Grand Slam final. Jelena was consistently outhit and outplayed by Stosur over the course of the short match. Stosur's groundstrokes were as laser-like as ever as she easily dictated play from the baseline.
Francesca Schiavone is also making her first Grand Slam final appearance, and Saturday's final marks the first time since 2004 that both players in a Grand Slam final are making their debut there.
Schiavone advanced to the final after winning the first set tiebreak, as Dementieva was forced to retire due to a torn left calf muscle. Schiavone will become the first Italian to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open Era. To add to her great run, she'll also crack the top 10 for the first time in her career.
On Saturday, Stosur and Schiavone will take to the court to duel it out for their first ever Grand Slam title. Stosur has a 4-1 head-to-head lead over Schiavone. On clay this year, Stosur is 20-2 and Schiavone is 15-3.
The two met last year at Roland Garros in the first round, where Stosur endured to eventually make it to the semifinals. Whoever wins on Saturday will advance to number six in the world rankings, while the runner-up will move up to number seven. Both players have a lot of variety and unexpectedness to their games, and the final on Saturday should showcase exactly that.