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Updated: June 6, 2010 01:21 IST

Italy’s Schiavone creates Grand Slam history at Paris

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Italy's Francesca Schiavone holds the cup after defeating Australia's Samantha Stosur in the women's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Saturday.
AP Italy's Francesca Schiavone holds the cup after defeating Australia's Samantha Stosur in the women's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Saturday.

Francesca Schiavone made history for Italy as she defeated Australian Samantha Stosur 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) to win the French Open on Saturday.

The 29-year-old from Milan is the first Italian woman to lift a Grand Slam trophy and is the first Italian player overall to play a Grand Slam final since Adriano Panatta won Paris in 1976.

Schiavone dominated on the clay against the seventh-seeded Stosur, who reached the semi-finals a year ago.

Schiavone, seeded 17th, rallied from 4-1 down in the second set and triumphed on the first of four match point in the tiebreaker.

Stosur couldn’t handle a return, which she mishit wide to hand over the win in 1 hour 38 minutes.

Schiavone kissed the clay and the then ran up into the stands for a group hug with her friends and supporters.

The best previous result at Roland Garros by an Italian woman was in 1954 Roland Garros when Silvia Lazzarino lost a semi-final against Maureen Connolly.

The Italian will rise to a number six ranking according to the WTA, taking over as top Italian. Schiavone was playing the event for the tenth time.

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