Schiavone Video clip Score: 4 / 5
Schiavone Video clip Ranking: / five
Francesca Schiavone has been defeated by Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic in the opening round of the Apia International Tennis Tournament which is going on in Sydney, Australia. Safarova won the match in the straight sets by 6-4, 6-4.
It was an unexpected result. Schiavone has got a lot more experience than Safarova and she was the favourite in this match. She was supposed to get better of the Czech player comfortably and reach the second round of the tournament, but, that wasn’t the case to be. She couldn’t play as well as she is capable to and ended up being demolished by her younger opponent.
The New Year isn’t going that well for Schiavone. She has taken part in two tournaments this year and has got knocked out of both of them pretty early.
In the match against Safarova, Schiavone was struggling for rhythm right from the start. She dropped her serve in the very first game of the opening set. However, she managed to recover from that blow quite well by breaking her opponent back in the second game, but, she couldn’t carry on that momentum in the next game and got broken for the second time consecutively. Safarova didn’t lose her lead after that and won her remaining service games to clinch the set by 6-4.
Schiavone was back fighting in the second set. She drew the first blood in the 4th game to get ahead by 3-1. It seemed that she would be able to drag the match into the third set, but, that didn’t happen. She dropped her serve a couple of times on the trot after that and ended up on the losing side.
In the second round, Safarova will be taking on the Danish player Caroline Wozniacki.
Italy has won the Fed Cup by defeating Russia in the final tie. This is the 4th time that the Italian team has won this prestigious tournament.
The Russian team had come into this final tie without its superstars who were either injured or busy in playing other tournaments. So, the Italians were considered as the favourites and they didn’t disappoint their fans. They got better of an inexperienced Russian team with ease.
Sara Errani who played a major part in Italy’s victory looked ecstatic while having a chat with the reporters at the end of the tie.
Errani said, “It was a fantastic team effort. Everybody played well. I am really pleased that we won and I contributed in that.”
Errani played two singles matches in this final tie. First she faced Irina Khromacheva and defeated her by 6-1, 6-4. Then, she played against Alisa Kleybanova and beat her by 6-1, 6-1.
Errani looked at her peak in both those matches and bamboozled her opponents with her shots.
The captain of the Italian Fed Cup team, Corrado Barazzutti, hailed Errani for being so impressive in this all important clash.
Barazzutti said, “Sara is a great player and she showed her class. The other players were fantastic too. I want to thank each and every person who helped us during this campaign. It’s a memorable day for all of us.”
With this win, Italy is now equalized with Russia in terms of winning the Fed Cup titles. Both have won 4 titles each.
The country which has won the most number of Fed Cup titles is USA. They have won 13 titles. The no. 2 position is jointly acquired by Czech Republic and Australia. These two teams have won 7 titles each.