Nadal dominates in revenge and Schiavone prevails for Italy

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Nadal regains French Open crown and No.1 spot   Italy's Francesca Schiavone (L) Poses

Order was restored on the men’s side and a continued trend of first time winners and unexpected champions emerged out of the women’s side in the 2010 French Open.

Nadal replaces Federer at No. 1 in rankings

Rafael Nadal cruised through the tournament losing no sets and exacting his revenge on Robin Soderling, the man who broke his French Open consecutive match winning streak last year. Nadal, who recaptured the world number one ranking with the victory, continued to show why he is one of, if not, the greatest clay court player of all time. While he had a relatively easy draw, escaping the likes of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray, the way Nadal was playing it didn’t much matter who was on the other side of the net. 

  Robin Soderling Of Sweden Throws

In his three final matches Nadal had a total of 67 unforced errors in the nine sets for an average of 7.4 unforced errors per set. In his final match verse Soderling he had an astoundingly low 16 unforced errors to Soderlings 48. The lack of free points Nadal gives up creates a margin for error that only a player playing out of his mind for an entire five set match would have the opportunity to prevail on clay.

On the women’s side there has been no clear favorite on clay since Justine Henin retired in early 2008, Serena Williams has been the leader in the clubhouse on other surfaces. But in the last few years in women’s grand slams there have been a number of unlikely players emerge victorious, and many times go straight back to anonymity. It is only fitting that this years French Open Ladies final were two players who had never won a grand slam tournament. Samantha Stosur had a tough draw throughout the tournament beating former champions Justine Henin and Serena Williams and former world number one Jelena Jankovic just to arrive in the finals. Her opponent, Francesca Schiavone, while it was not a cakewalk made it through Maria Kirilenko, Caroline Wozniacki and an injured Elena Dementieva, who retired after losing the first set, rather unscathed to reach the final round.

Italy's Francesca Schiavone Falls

In the final Schiavone prevailed due to her experience and the fact that Stosur had such a tough path through the tournament she had already played her best tennis. Schiavone used variety and pressure to keep Stosur off balance and didn’t let her dictate in the match. It was a hard fought match that Stosur just couldn’t come up with the big point when she needed it.

Schiavone prevailed becoming the first Italian born women to win a grand slam tournament and Rafeal Nadal cruising to his 5th French Open leaving him one behind Björn Borg, continuing to strengthen his argument for becoming the greatest clay court player ever! There are surprises in each grand slam tournament; Nadal winning was not, Schiavone a nice story was not a huge upset, ranked number 6 in the world. The surprise in this tournament was the lack of success by some of the fan favorites, Serena Williams and Justine Henin on the women’s side and Andy Murrey, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic. And I am defining lack of success in not winning or making the finals with the players listed above, because they all had opportunities to win going into the tournament.

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One Response to “Nadal dominates in revenge and Schiavone prevails for Italy”

  1. forrestwife Says:

    thanks for the recap

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