Francesca Schiavone will take on Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan in the opening round of the upcoming Sony Open tennis tournament.

The Italian player has suffered a lot of losses in the recent past. But, in the BNP Paribas Open which was played just about a week ago, she showed a little bit of form which is a good thing. Also, her head to head record against Shvedova is quite encouraging. She has beaten the Kazakhstani in all the matches that she has played against her so far.

As far as Shvedova’s recent outings are concerned, they have been quite good. The 26 years old player who is currently ranked 64th in the world has hinted that she is slowly getting back into her shape.

The last couple of years have not been great for Shvedova in terms of fitness. She has struggled with a lot of fitness problems and at one point, it even seemed that her career might be over before time because of the injuries, but, she showed the fighting spirit and the will to come back and she did manage to come back.

Now, she has a good chance to break her losing streak against Schiavone with the Italian not in the best of forms.

The player who wins this match will have to face the most destructive female player on the tour i.e. Serena Williams next which is going to be very hard.

But, that’s a different story. The two players would be thinking about the job that is in their hands at the moment and not about whom they will play against in their next match.

However, it’s almost certain that whoever gets through to the second round would have to suffer defeat against Serena as the American is probably in the form of her life.

Victoria Azarenka vs. Francesca Schiavone HD courtside (2009 US Open)

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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.

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Francesca Schiavone Toray Pan Pacific Open2010@4

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