Mostly Credited As: Francesca Schiavone
Date Of Birth: June 23, 1980 (Age 34)
Country Of Birth: Italy
Birth Place: Milan, Lombardy
Height: 5' 5 ½" (1.66 m)
Born on June 23, 1980 in Milan, Italy but currently residing in London, Francesca Schiavone has been playing tennis for numerous years. In 1996, she started playing in numerous International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments in Italy, reaching the quarterfinals once. Francesca then continued with ITF play in 1997, where she made several semi-final appearances and played in some tournaments ITF tournaments in 1998 before turning pro and playing in WTA tournaments, and ultimately making her debut as a qualifier at a tournament in Rome and was a qualifier at the U.S. Open. in 1999.
Schiavone continued in WTA tournament play and made it to her first tournament final in Tashkent where she lost to Iroda Tulyaganova and ultimately finished the 2000 season inside the top 100, at the #76. The next year (2001), she made her first Grand Slam quarter-finalist appearance at the French Open and won her first doubles tournament, and Francesca finished the season ranked #31.
In 2002, Francesca started playing on the Italian team in the Fed Cup and in various tournaments made it to the quarter-finals before being eliminated and finished the season ranked #41. In 2003, Schiavone made it to her second tournament final at Canberra, where she ultimately beaten by Meghann Shaughnessy, and was a semi-finalist in two tournaments that followed. She ultimately finished the season ranked 20th in the world and then played for Italy in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She then went on to play in several tournaments where her best results were as semifinalists in 2 tournaments and won her second career doubles title and finished the year ranked a then career high 19th in the world.
So far, her best year is 2005, where Francesca has been a singles finalist in 3 tournaments and won 1 doubles title and was a semi-finalist in another tournament and finished the year ranked #13. The 2006 season went well for Francesca, having won her fourth doubles title in Dubai and has been a finalist in three tournaments. The 2007 season has been going wll for Francesca, having won her first career tournament in July in Austria.
With the rest of the year a head of her, Francesca looks to win her first WTA title and continue on a winning roll while on the courts.
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At the 2007 Gastein Ladies tournament, Francesca won her first career tennis title.
Francesca has been a professional tennis player since 1998.
Francesca was a member of the Italian Olympic team at the 2004 Athens Games, where she lost in the quarterfinals.
To date, Francesca has 6 career doubles titles, and she has yet to win a singles title.
She has been a member of the Italian Fed Cup team since 2002.
Francesca is currently ranked 14th in the world.
At the 2006 French Open, Francesca was seeded 9th and was eliminated in the fourth round.
In 1998, Francesca won the Under-18 Italian Championships.
Francesca Schiavone Quotes
Francesca: I never thought about maybe losing the ninth final. You just have to focus point by point and not think about the past or future, just the present. When I hit that last shot, I had strong emotions. (After winning her first career tournament)