Monica Piug, No.4 seedsurvived a stern opening-round test as she fired down, powering past WTA veteran Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6(4) at the AbiertoMexicanoTelcel.
Speaking before the tournament, Piug who is Latin American’s America’s No.1 player talked about how playing in Acapulco felt a little bit like home.
The Puerto Rican said:“I’m really happy to have the beach right there – it’s in my blood, I’m from the Caribbean so I really like it,”
“I’ve played in Mexico several years, starting from Juniors until WTA. For me, this tournament is one of the most comfortable.”
Despite starting strong and coming off with a break in the opening game, Piug looked decidedly less comfortable as she battled it out against 2010 French Open champion Schiavoneon Cancha Central.
The Puerto Rican was largely frustrated by the tricky, deliberate and one handed backhand tactic employed by Schiavone. However, in the first set, the Italian veteran was unable to take any of the three break chances she created. Continue
Despite the rumors that female tennis star Francesca schavione was considering retirement over the off season, the player has come out to debunk the news and announce that she’ll continue with the game and feature at the WTA tour spanning through 2017.
The champion of the 2010 French open has proceeded to express great enthusiasm and desire to continue playing the game through the 2017 season. After finishing in the top 20 for the fourth time and the last five years of her career, schavione took to her official Instagram page to spread the news.
“I still feel like I have the desire and enthusiasm to try and do something in what is perhaps the one thing I’m best at, playing tennis. Now don’t start asking me if this will be my last year!!! See you in Australia,” the post read.
She had previously announced that the end of the year 2016 will bring with it her final season, but had apparently begun reconsidering her decision to quit during the last winter. The always cheerful and entertaining Francesca schavione engaged her fans in a colorful journey during the offseason. She had set up a web series asking her followers all over the world to select a suitable career in which she could engage in, with tennis being among the list. Continue
Justine Henin reckons if there had not been someone like Clijsters who gave her vicious competition, she might have ended up as a lesser player.
Henin was a guest in an ATP programme organised in the honour of her as well as one other former male Tennis player Marat Safin a fortnight back and she delivered an impressive speech on that occasion. Continue
Gabriela Sabatini turned 46 years of age recently. Being a former tennis champion from Argentina, she stands associated with wins at the US Open as well as in Rome. If you look at her now, she looks wonderful, even at 46. Born in 1970, she has a freshness about her still.
She faced several successes on the tennis court, amounting to 27 in total. Her first success was in the match she played with Steffi Graf in 1990. She also had memorable wins like the one she gained in New York in the year 1988. She also gained a victory at Wimbledon in the year 1991. Continue
Francesca Schiavone is one of the first Italian woman players who won a Grand Slam event while playing singles. The lady took her tennis playing skills to the next level in 1998. In addition, she achieved the title of French Open Singles in 2010. Also, she was the runner up for the French Open in the year 2011. Indeed, the player is the only last player in the women’s tournament to have achieved the Grand Slam.
Looking at the achievements and popularity, there was a shocking announcement made recently which was hard to believe. There was a false rumor announced by the Twitter account that this Italian player was taking retirement after the loss to Kristina Mladenovic. It was wrongly done by the Roland Garros account and then Schiavone clarified that she had no plans of retiring as it was not the last match for her. This clarification indeed offered a great sense of relief to all her fans. Continue
Francesca Schiavone is one of the oldest female players going around on the tour, but, she is not starting even to contemplate retirement.
The Italian reckons she has not lost that competitive edge inside her and till the time it’s there, there is no question of her bidding adieu to the game.
According to Schiavone, quite a few players, who are almost of the same age or maybe just a tad younger than her, are still being active in the professional circuit and they are actually doing quite wonderfully, the likes of Serena and others. So, if they can maintain their bodies in good shape and keep going, there is no reason why she can’t continue. Continue