As day 5 draws to a close, we will take a quick look at the stand out match of the day and possibly the match of the tournament thus far, what proved to be an epic battle between two former French Open Champions Svetlana Kuznetsova V Francesca Schiavone , the 2009 and 2010 Champions respectively. The last time these 2 faced off in a Grand Slam was at the Australian Open in 2011 where Schiavone won an epic battle after 4 hours and 44 minutes winning the 3rd set 16 games to 14. The expectations of their 2nd round encounter at the French Open was most definitely exceeded as Francesca won the match after dropping a very tight opening set. The two veterans had a very contrasting season on the dirt leading into the second Grand Slam of the year. Svetlana the 18th seed had a relatively successful season on the red clay, having been runner up at the 3rd Mandatory tournament of the year in Madrid, losing to Petra Kvitova. While on the other hand Francesca was coming into the French Open with a losing streak on the surface, 3 losses to 1 win.
After Svetlana took the opening set, winning the tiebreak 13 -11, Francesca’s pure grit and determination found herself taking the second set 6 games to 4. Going into the deciding set, Svetlana had the advantage of serving first however after failing to serve out for the match on multiple occasions, the Italian Magician Schiavone hit some fantastic range of shots to take the match by winning the final set 10 – 8.
What could quite possibly be Schiavone’s last season on the tour, she is ensuring to make it a memorable one.