Francesca Schiavone and Na Li roads to the French Open final

Na Li, 29 and Francesca Schiavone, 31 will play today in the oldest women’s Grand Slam final since Jana Novotna and Nathalie Tauziat contested the 1998 Wimbledon final.
The final will be really open as they are both experienced players who both played in a Grand Slam final before (Li lost to Clijsters at the Australian Open, and Schiavone won the title here in 2010).

Will Li become the first chinese player to capture a Grand Slam or will Schiavone retain her title? Please share your thoughts.

Francesca Schiavone

Francesca Schiavone’s road to the final

Round Opponent Score
R1 Melanie Oudin 6-2, 6-0
R2 Vesna Dolonts 6-1, 6-2
R3 Shuai Peng 6-3, 1-2 ret
R4 Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
QF Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
SF Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-3


Na Li’s road to the final

Round Opponent Score
R1 Barbora Zahlavova 6-3, 6-7(8), 6-3
R2 Silvia Soler Espinosa 6-4, 7-5
R3 Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-2
R4 Petra Kvitova 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
QF Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-2
SF Maria Sharapova 6-4, 7-5

Schiavone and Li head-to-head: 2-2

Year Tournament Surface Winner Score in final
2007 Sydney Hard Li 6-4 7-5
2008 Beijing Hard Schiavone 6-1 7-6(4)
2009 US Open Hard Li 6-2 6-3
2010 French Open Clay schiavone 6-4 6-2
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