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

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A photo recap of my third day at Roland Garros on Tuesday. I had tickets for for the Court Suzanne Lenglen, but watching players at practice was much more interesting than watching matches.

Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond:

Liezel Huber

Liezel Huber

Lisa Raymond

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I was in Paris today for the first day of Roland Garros quarterfinals. I’ve been able to watch Schiavone and Nadal training, the end of Murray vs Troicki, but also some doubles and mixed doubles. Pics and videos coming soon.

Here’s a pic of Francesca Schiavone during her training this morning:

Francesca Schiavone

Francesca qualified for the semifinals after a hard fought win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1-6 7-5 7-5. She will meet Marion Bartoli who defeated 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Famous French DJ Bob Sinclar was the special guest at “Children’s Day at Roland Garros” on Saturday 21 May. For over two hours, the court Philippe Chatrier turned into a giant “musical creation” of tennis matches!

Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Arnaud Clément, Arevane Rezai, Amélie Mauresmo, special guest Teddy Riner and many more, joined forces to entertain thousands of families and children.

Bob Sinclar, a tennis aficionada, also showed off his skills opposite Michaël Llodra and Novak Djokovic.

Proceeds of the event will go to Yannick Noah’s “Fête le Mur” and “Tennis en liberté”, led by Isabelle Demongeot.

Bob Sinclar

Bob Sinclar

Bob Sinclar


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The WTA‘s new global advertising campaign features 38 players in TV, print and digital ads.

WTA - Strong is beautiful

“Drawing upon athleticism and grace, the campaign places the personal stories, pressures and dreams of the players front of stage. The creative is designed to support the WTA’s efforts to establish a deeper engagement with fans around the world and to promote both the sport’s next generation of players along with current established names.”

The first in a series of advertisements for “Strong is Beautiful”, this 30 second commercial focuses on all of the characteristics necessary to become a successful professional tennis player.

Featured players: Sam Stosur, Ana Ivanovic, Li Na, Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka & Kim Clijsters.

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