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Wozniacki wins tough opener in home tournament in Copenhagenupdated: Tue Apr 10 2012 17:59:00

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki had to battle past Poland's Urszula Radwanska 7-6 6-2 in the opening round of her home tournament in Copenhagen. Jon Wertheim: Australian Open women's seed reportupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 11:50:00's Jon Wertheim breaks down the women's seeds at the Australian Open. Read on for the top first-round matchups, dark horses and predictions. Click here for the men's report.

Beaten Stosur feeling the strain of Australia's high hopesupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 12:08:00

Home favorite Samantha Stosur admitted that the expectation on her shoulders ahead of the Australian Open feels "like a bombshell" following Monday's first-round defeat at the Sydney International.

Serena, Wozniacki into last eight; Pavlyuchenkova stuns Schiavoneupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 05:41:00

Serena Williams tamed strong winds at the U.S. Open to book her place in the quarterfinals with a comprehensive defeat of Ana Ivanovic. Francesca Schiavone is my SI Sportsman of the Yearupdated: Thu Aug 25 2011 12:55:00

Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Nov. 29. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer.

Serena only seeded 28th for U.S. Openupdated: Tue Aug 23 2011 15:50:00

Tournament favorite Serena Williams has been seeded 28th by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for next week's final grand slam, the U.S. Open, at Flushing Meadows.

Fashion + tennis = Big businessupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 06:29:00

CNN's Ayesha Durgahee reports on how fashion in tennis is big business ahead of the 125th staging of Wimbledon.

Venus Williams faces Bulgarian nemesis in last 16 at Wimbledonupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 06:29:00

Venus Williams will have the chance to avenge last year's shock Wimbledon defeat by Tsvetana Pironkova after the Bulgarian pulled off another upset victory to reach the fourth round in London on Friday.

Serena Williams into round 4 at Wimbledon as Schiavone stumblesupdated: Sat Jun 25 2011 15:37:00

Defending champion Serena Williams joined her sister Venus in the last 16 at Wimbledon on Saturday, but French Open runner-up Francesca Schiavone suffered a shock defeat. Jon Wertheim: Wimbledon women's seed reportupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 18:58:00

Jon Wertheim breaks down the men's and women's seeds at Wimbledon. Read on for the top first-round matchups, dark horses, and his predicted winners. Bruce Jenkins: College tennis could benefit today's players more than most realizeupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 13:48:00

I hadn't seen much college tennis until the NCAA tournament came to my area (Stanford) last month, and it was a revelation. It struck me that a lot of talented young players have no idea what they're missing, and that current trends on the women's pro tour could affect significant change. Bruce Jenkins: Final thoughts on a compelling, eminently watchable French Openupdated: Tue Jun 07 2011 15:16:00

Wrapping up a French Open that was as compelling as it was historic:

Li Na makes history with French Open triumphupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 10:54:00

China's Li Na became the first Asian tennis player to win a grand slam singles title as she defeated defending champion Francesca Schiavone in the final of the French Open on Saturday. Bruce Jenkins: Li shows nerve, skill in victoryupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 14:55:00

Ten thoughts on Li Na's 6-4, 7-6 (0) victory over Francesca Schiavone in Saturday's French Open final:

Francesca Schiavone looking to defend titleupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 17:34:00

CNN's Kate Giles interviews defending French Open Women's champion Francesca Schiavone.

History-maker Li Na to face Schiavone in French Open finalupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 17:49:00

Li Na became the first Chinese player to reach the French Open final after a comprehensive victory over former world number one Maria Sharapova. Bruce Jenkins: Francesca Schiavone, Marion Bartoli blaze distinctive paths to French Open semifinalupdated: Tue May 31 2011 16:53:00

They come from worlds of their own, driven by passion, ingenuity and a competitive spirit. If you want to know what's missing in American women's tennis, be sure to catch Thursday's French Open semifinal between Francesca Schiavone and Marion Bartoli -- and take full notice of two women who dare to be different.

Bartoli next for defending champion Schiavone in Parisupdated: Tue May 31 2011 16:26:00

Francesca Schiavone kept alive her hopes of defending the French Open crown with a come from behind victory against Russian teenager Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at Roland Garros Tuesday.

Defending champion Schiavone back in the groove on Paris clayupdated: Mon May 23 2011 16:23:00

Francesca Schiavone returned "home" to the scene of her French Open triumph last year with an emphatic victory in her opener against 19-year-old American Melanie Oudin Monday. Jon Wertheim: French Open women's seed reportupdated: Fri May 20 2011 21:58:00

Jon Wertheim breaks down the men's and women's seeds at the French Open. Read on for the top first-round matchups, dark horses, and his predicted winners.

Djokovic and Federer set for semi clashupdated: Fri May 20 2011 14:06:00

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are on course to meet in the semifinals of the French Open after the draw for the second grand slam of the season was unveiled on Friday.

Dokic topples top seed Schiavone in Kuala Lumpurupdated: Mon Feb 28 2011 17:05:00

Top seed Francesca Schiavone suffered a shock first-round exit at the Malaysian Open on Monday, losing 2-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 to Australia's Jelena Dokic.

Wozniacki survives as fellow seeds crash out in Qatarupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 04:19:00

World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki came through her opener against Nadia Petrova at the WTA Qatar Open after a string of seeded players crashed out Wednesday. Bruce Jenkins: Americans overmatched and overshadowed in Fed Cup playupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 17:36:00

We are pleased to announce that women's tennis scored a resounding 3-1 victory over football in the realm of weekend intrigue. The categories: Bruce Jenkins: Wozniacki, Schiavone both shine in exhilirating Aussie quarterfinalupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 12:24:00

The scores made it seem so ordinary -- 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 -- but the Caroline Wozniacki-Francesca Schiavone quarterfinal was a beacon of contrast at the Australian Open and the ultimate showcase for women's tennis. We may not see anything like it, with so much at stake, until Schiavone returns to the French Open to defend her title.

Schiavone prevails in historic epicupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 11:19:00

Francesca Schiavone from Italy and Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova created history on Sunday at the Australian Open as they played out the longest women's match in a grand slam event.

Wozniacki battles into Australia semisupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 11:13:00

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki kept her hopes of a maiden grand slam title alive on Tuesday when she came from behind to defeat Francesca Schiavone in the Australian Open quarterfinals. Jon Wertheim: Australian Open women's seed reportupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 16:58:00's Jon Wertheim breaks down the men's and women's seeds at the Australian Open. Read on for the top first-round matchups, dark horses, and his predicted winners. Have your say here.

Marathon man Isner sprints past Mahut in Wimbledon rematchupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 13:27:00

When John Isner played Nicolas Mahut in 2010, the American finally staggered off the court victorious -- 11 hours and a staggering 168 games later in the longest match in tennis history. Bruce Jenkins: Ten things I'd like to see as the 2011 tennis season kicks offupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 13:00:00

Ten things I'd like to see as the 2011 tennis year unfolds: Jon Wertheim: Top 10 tennis stories of 2010updated: Sun Dec 26 2010 18:52:00

1. The new sheriff. Was it really 2009 that the last holdout caved, and we reached a rare consensus that Roger Federer was the best player in the modern era? Suddenly it's a race again. After retiring from the Australian Open with a knee injury, Rafael Nadal stormed back to win three straight majors, completing the career Grand Slam and bringing his total to nine -- still seven fewer than Federer, but ahead of his trajectory. If Nadal completes the "Rafa Slam" in Australia, the debate will only intensify. Pick a side, but agree it makes for compelling theater. Francesca Schiavone is my Sportsman of the Yearupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 10:27:00

The institutional restriction of creativity in women's tennis can make the risk-eschewing, by-the-book fraternity of NFL head coaches seem like a hippie commune. Jon Wertheim: Schiavone caps magical season, Federer hits for cycle, moreupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 14:35:00

• Francesca Schiavone authored one of the better stories in tennis over the past year, playing the match of her life and winning the French Open women's singles title. The Italian veteran offered a fine sequel Sunday in San Diego, helping Italy defend its Fed Cup title. Schiavone knocked off Coco Vandeweghe -- a surprise fill-in for Melanie Oudin -- to get Italy on the board against the United States team. Then Flavia Pennetta did the rest, beating both Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Vandeweghe again. Brava. Jon Wertheim: Dementieva's sudden retirement is loss to culture of women's tennisupdated: Fri Oct 29 2010 15:54:00 caught up with Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim about Elena Dementieva's sudden retirement following Friday's season-ending loss to Francesca Schiavone at the WTA Championships in Qatar.

Wozniacki closes on end of season top spotupdated: Thu Oct 28 2010 04:21:00

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki powered to a straight sets win over Elena Dementieva in their WTA Championships opener to close on the year-end top spot in the world rankings.

Stosur stuns No. 1 Wozniacki in Doha; Clijsters makes winning returnupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 17:01:00

Samantha Stosur stopped Caroline Wozniacki from clinching the year-end women's No. 1 tennis ranking with a shock 6-4 6-3 victory at the WTA Championships in Qatar on Wednesday night.

40-year-old Date continues superb run in Tokyoupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 18:07:00

Kimiko Date Krumm celebrated her 40th birthday by reaching the third round of the Pan Pacific WTA tournament in Tokyo as opponent Daniel Hantuchova retired when trailing in the deciding set on Tuesday. Bruce Jenkins: Self-described tennis freak Harrison is promising sign for Americansupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 13:59:00

The U.S. Open is often a barometer of American tennis and its prospects for the future, but appearances can be deceiving. Ryan Harrison struck just about everyone as the real thing, a clever and imaginative kid who has every right to think big. The women's side -- and that's two years running -- has the look of a mirage.

Holder Clijsters powers into last eightupdated: Mon Sep 06 2010 07:22:00

Holder Kim Clijsters has continued her march towards a second successive U.S. Open title with a convincing straight sets victory over Serb Ana Ivanovic on Sunday. Jon Wertheim: Stosur, Schiavone fail to build on French successupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 13:24:00

When is the last time the two finalists of a Grand Slam event lost in the first round of the subsequent Slam? Francesca Schiavone and Sam Stosur both out in the first round of Wimby 2010? That can't have happened much. -- Jake Rupp, Manassas, Va. Bruce Jenkins: With his dominance fading, Federer should return to his roots at the netupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 13:18:00

Perhaps there's no resurrecting Roger Federer. Maybe he dropped the definitive hints at recent Wimbledons, strolling onto the court in those over-the-top evening jackets, as if preparing for a bit of pipe smoking with Alistair Cooke. Perhaps the rest of his career is just one big barnstorming tour -- "Come see the greatest player who ever lived!" -- as he swats those legendary groundstrokes, generally dominant but occasionally laying a massive egg.

French Open champion Schiavone crashes out of Wimbledonupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 17:38:00

French Open champion Francesca Schiavone crashed out of Wimbledon in the first round after losing in three sets to unseeded Russian Vera Dushevina.

Women's tennis riding highupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 17:38:00

The WTA Tour has never been so popular and financially robust. CNN's Richard Quest reports.

Can anyone stop the Williams sisters at Wimbledon?updated: Sun Jun 20 2010 14:50:00

With a record winner's prize of almost $1.5 million, there's a lot at stake for the 128 women tennis players lining up at the hallowed lawns of Wimbledon in the coming fortnight. Bruce Jenkins: Schiavone's triumph was victory for maturityupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 15:15:00

So the aftermath for Francesca Schiavone, apparently, goes something like this in the realm of television and marketing: "Nice story, good for Italy, that's about it, let's move on." Jon Wertheim: Fifty thoughts from the French Openupdated: Sun Jun 06 2010 13:32:00

Scattered thoughts after a weirdly endearing French Open:

Schiavone wins first Grand Slam titleupdated: Sat Jun 05 2010 22:18:00

Francesca Schiavone defeated Samantha Stosur 6-4, 7-6 (2) to win the French Open title.

Schiavone makes history with shock French Open successupdated: Sat Jun 05 2010 22:18:00

Francesca Schiavone became the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam tennis title when she overpowered fellow first-time finalist Samantha Stosur at the French Open on Saturday. Jon Werthiem: Schiavone makes history at French with historic upsetupdated: Sat Jun 05 2010 13:10:00 caught up with Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim after Francesca Schiavone defeated Samantha Stosur in the French Open women's singles final, 6-4, 7-6(2).

Stosur to meet Schiavone in French Open finalupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 12:30:00

Samantha Stosur will play Francesca Schiavone for the French Open title after both came through their semifinals.

Schiavone dumps Wozniacki out of French Openupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 14:09:00

Francesca Schiavone became the first Italian to reach the French Open's final four in the modern era after dumping third seed Caroline Wozniacki out at Roland Garros.

Venus out after Henin repels Sharapova challengeupdated: Sun May 30 2010 17:58:00

Second seed Venus Williams crashed out of the French Open with a straight sets defeat to Nadia Petrova of Russia in their fourth round clash in Paris on Sunday.

Serena heads list of seeds to progressupdated: Mon May 24 2010 16:41:00

Top seed Serena Williams is through to the second round of the French Open after a straight sets win over Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele on Monday.

Champions Italy secure Fed final placeupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 12:03:00

Defending champions Italy have reached their fourth Fed Cup final in five years after whitewashing the Czech Republic 5-0 in Rome's Stadio Nicola Pietrangeli.

Italy heading for Fed Cup final victoryupdated: Sat Nov 07 2009 15:03:00

Italy are in a strong position to claim the Fed Cup after building up a 2-0 lead over an under strength United States team in the final in Reggio Calabria.

Schiavone claims Kremlin Cup title; Italian beats Govortsova in finalupdated: Sun Oct 25 2009 12:05:00

Italy's Francesca Schiavone claimed the second title of her WTA Tour career with a straight sets victory over Olga Govortsova of Belarus in Sunday's Kremlin Cup final in Moscow.

Schiavone and Govortsova in Kremlin final; win semis easilyupdated: Sun Oct 25 2009 08:41:00

Francesca Schiavone of Italy and Olga Govortsova of Belarus will contest Sunday's final of the Kremlin Cup after both secured straight sets victories in their semifinal match-ups.

Venus cruises into Zurich semifinalsupdated: Fri Oct 17 2008 14:29:00

Wimbledon champion Venus Williams breezed into the semifinals of the WTA Zurich Open with a straight sets win over Francesca Schiavone of Italy on Friday night.

Kuznetsova faces Dementieva in finalupdated: Fri Feb 29 2008 16:09:00

Svetlana Kuznetsova improved her chances of reaching the number one spot later this year by reaching her second final of 2008 in Dubai.

Schiavone guides Italy into finalupdated: Mon Jul 16 2007 04:22:00

Defending champions Italy defied 40-degree temperatures to come back from 2-1 down to beat France 3-2 and reach the Fed Cup final on Sunday.

Hantuchova, Schiavone both throughupdated: Mon Feb 26 2007 14:27:00

Sixth seed Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and eighth seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy marched into the second round of the $1.3 million Qatar Open on Monday.

Radwanska produces a second upsetupdated: Fri Sep 29 2006 15:28:00

Polish teenager Agnieszka Radwanksa caused her second big shock in as many days when she defeated top seed Elena Dementieva of Russia 7-5 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Luxembourg Championship on Friday.

Henin-Hardenne out for three weeksupdated: Tue Sep 19 2006 05:26:00

Justine Henin-Hardenne will be out for three weeks with a torn knee muscle which forced her to quit in the decisive match of the Fed Cup final.

Italy claim first Fed Cup triumphupdated: Sun Sep 17 2006 15:38:00

Italy won the Fed Cup for the first time when Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne was forced to retire with a knee injury during the deciding doubles in Charleroi.

Henin-Hardenne puts Belgium levelupdated: Sat Sep 16 2006 10:53:00

Italy's Francesca Schiavone powered past Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens 6-1 6-3 to take the opening match of this weeekend's Fed Cup final in Charleroi on Saturday.

Pennetta powers Italy to Fed finalupdated: Sat Jul 15 2006 10:58:00

Italy reached their first Fed Cup final on Sunday when Flavia Pennetta overcame Spain's Lourdes Dominguez-Lino 6-2 6-4 to give her team an unassailable 3-1 semifinal lead in Zaragoza.

Clijsters shaken by Safina assaultupdated: Thu May 18 2006 10:03:00

World number two Kim Clijsters suffered a surprise 6-4 7-6 defeat by Russian Dinara Safina in the last 16 of the Italian Open in Rome on Thursday.

Venus finding form for French Openupdated: Tue May 16 2006 15:51:00

Venus Williams banked her second victory in 24 hours Tuesday, reaching the third round of the Rome Masters with a 6-1 6-4 win over Czech Lucie Safarova.

Warsaw defeat for returning Venusupdated: Fri May 05 2006 14:50:00

Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova ended the comeback run of Venus Williams to advance to the semifinals of the WTA event in Warsaw on Friday.

Schiavone shocks Mauresmo in Cupupdated: Sun Apr 23 2006 07:17:00

Francesca Schiavone saved a match point as she beat world number one Amelie Mauresmo 4-6 7-6 6-4 to give Italy a 2-1 lead over France in their Fed Cup first round tie in Nancy on Sunday.

Spain and U.S. close to Fed semisupdated: Sat Apr 22 2006 16:02:00

Spain and the United States are within touching distance of reaching the Fed Cup semifinals.

Top seed Petrova clinches victoryupdated: Sun Apr 09 2006 17:31:00

Top seed Nadia Petrova beat Italy's Francesca Schiavone 6-4 6-4 for the first time in five meetings to win the Bausch & Lomb Championships final on Sunday.

Petrova to face Schiavone in finalupdated: Sat Apr 08 2006 15:41:00

Top seed Nadia Petrova advanced to the final of the Amelia Island Tournament on Saturday with a 6-3 6-2 win over 15th-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova.

'Terrible' for injured Clijsters updated: Wed Jan 11 2006 04:41:00

The Australian Open is bracing itself for another body blow as women's world number two Kim Clijsters was forced to pull out of the Sydney International event on Wednesday with a hip injury.

Finalist Schnyder injures herselfupdated: Sat Oct 29 2005 10:43:00

Patty Schnyder reached her second final in a week and her fifth of the year by beating Ana Ivanovic 7-5 6-2 at the Linz Open on Saturday.

Mauresmo crashes out for two gamesupdated: Thu Oct 13 2005 09:27:00

Second seed Amelie Mauresmo has made an ignominious exit from the Kremlin Cup at the hands of Italy's Francesca Schiavone.

Davenport too strong for Schiavoneupdated: Sun Sep 18 2005 09:40:00

Lindsay Davenport won her fourth title of the year when she beat Francesca Schiavone 6-2 6-4 in the final of the Bali International.

Davenport cruises through in Baliupdated: Fri Sep 16 2005 12:08:00

Top seed Lindsay Davenport cruised into the semifinals of the Wismilak International event with a 6-3 6-1 win over Maria Elena Camerin.

Dechy slumps to a surprise defeatupdated: Mon May 09 2005 14:25:00

France's Nathalie Dechy slithered out in the first round of the Rome Masters when she lost 4-6 6-1 6-4 to home favorite Maria Elena Camerin on Monday.

Coria inspires Argentinian victoryupdated: Sun Jan 02 2005 08:28:00

Guillermo Coria beat David Sanguinetti of Italy 6-1 7-6 and then teamed with Gisela Dulko to defeat Italy in mixed doubles and give Argentina a 2-1 win in the Hopman Cup opener in Perth on Sunday.

Camerin shocks fourth seed Spremupdated: Thu Sep 30 2004 14:13:00

Italy's Maria Elena Camerin upset fourth seed Karolina Sprem of Croatia 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Gaz de France Stars tennis tournament in Hasselt, Belgium.

Venus hits top form in Warsaw Cupupdated: Sat May 01 2004 14:21:00

Venus Williams crushed Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-3 6-2 on Saturday to reach the final of the $585,000 Warsaw Cup WTA tournament.

Kuznetsova through to Warsaw finalupdated: Sat May 01 2004 08:02:00

Svetlana Kuznetsova reached the final of the J and S Cup in Warsaw, with a 6-3, 6-2 win over ninth seeded Italian Francesca Schiavone.

Holder Mauresmo crashes to defeatupdated: Fri Apr 30 2004 10:43:00

French top seed Amelie Mauresmo crashed out of the Warsaw Cup on Friday, losing to fast-improving Italian Francesca Schiavone in three sets.

Seeded Schiavone is shown the doorupdated: Mon Feb 23 2004 13:54:00

Francesca Schiavone became the first seed to fall at the Dubai Open on Monday when she was outplayed 6-4 6-4 by Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Clijsters streaks into last eightupdated: Thu Feb 12 2004 15:07:00

Top seed Kim Clijsters returned to winning ways after the fourth Grand Slam final loss of her career by racing into the quarterfinals of the Paris Indoor Open.

Henin-Hardenne boosted by victoryupdated: Sat Jan 17 2004 06:46:00

World No.1 Justine Henin-Hardenne sounded a warning to her Australian Open rivals with a straight sets win over Amelie Mauresmo of France in the final of the Sydney international.

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