flashback: some things never change

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Forever young. Above, a 20-year-old Francesca Schiavone playing in the 2001 French Open quarterfinals against Martina Hingis. Did you know Franny lost in the opening round in 2009 to … Samantha Stosur? She went on to beat the same lady last year here in the final. She’s 35-10 in her career at Roland Garros. Below, Li Na smacks a ball at the 2005 US Open as a 23-year-old against Lindsay Davenport. Na had never played the French prior to 2006. She’s also never lost to a player outside of the top 20 here. Last year she was scooted out of the tourney by one Francesca Schiavone in the third round. Career-wise she’s 15-4 in Paris.

More: Previewing the ladies’ final


(Images via Getty)

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5 Responses to “flashback: some things never change”

  1. Lisa Says:

    May the best lady win. Surprise upset of Sharapova. Did not even think Li, Na would make a final at RG. However it is a pleasant surprise along with Frannie going 2X strong defending her title.

    Also there was no way I thought Fed could stop Nole! Wow! Although IMO Nole was fighting demons other than Fed on the court. Fed played a wonderful match and shut up some of the naysayers. Can’t wait for the results of the women and men finals!

  2. opischismis Says:

    I am so happy that Li Na won the French Open title. She has gone a long way and deserved the win! http://www.tennisround.com

  3. Tudor Says:

    Agreed. She’s a breath of fresh air. Good news for ‘veterans’ too.
    Guess this will be first of many from China….

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