Tuesday, June 8, 2010

French Open: The Finale

The clay courts of Roland Garros are empty once again, but not before it crowned a new champion and yet again honored a clay-court legend. Francesca Schiavone grabbed her first Grand Slam title while Rafael Nadal nabbed his 5th French Open title, 7th overall.

Nadal was able to avenge his fourth round loss last year to Robin Soderling by defeating the Swede in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Nadal was able to neutralize the usually powerful strokes of Soderling by getting every single ball back. Soderling committed 45 unforced errors compared to the Spaniard's 16. Soderling also could not break Nadal's serve converting none of the eight chances he got. With Nadal's win, he retook the #1 ranking from Roger Federer who was only one week away from tieing Pete Sampras overall weeks at #1. The Swiss will have to wait a long while until he can get back on top seeing as he has plenty of points to defend while Nadal doesn't for the rest of the year.

Schiavone was seen as the underdog in the women's final against the higher ranked and H2H leader Samantha Stosur. The match itself was quite competitive and the stats of both were very similar, but the Italian played the bigger points better and in the end became the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam title defeating Stosur 6-4, 7-6(2). This was only Schiavone's fourth title in her veteran career. During last year's French Open, Stosur defeated Schiavone in the first round.

In doubles, Serena and Venus Williams claimed their fourth straight Grand Slam title becoming only the third doubles team to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time. With their Sister Slam, they also become the #1 ranked doubles team for the first time ever. Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic claimed their third Grand Slam title as a team defeating 3rd seeded team Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes for the men's doubles title.

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