Schiavone plays match of her life to score historic upset at French Open
This will go down as one of the all-time upset champions. People can go back and pick through her draw and say that she didn't have to win too many tough matches or that all the damage was really done on the other half of the draw or that she won her semifinal [against
If you had shadowed the players, you'd have thought Schiavone was Stosur from the way she was playing aggressively on the big points and attacking the net and going for broke. She sort of out-Stosur-ed Stosur. You just have visions of Schiavone saying to herself last night, "Look, you're 29 years old, you're never going to get this chance again, you just have to play the match of your life." And that's pretty much what she did. I thought it was a pretty great performance.
Gauge it by her reactions: She was eating dirt starting in the quarterfinals. Everybody knew what the narrative was here. Everything sort of broke right for her and she played the match of her life when she had to. I would be stunned if she wins another major.
You do feel for Stosur. Imagine beating
The match reminded me a little bit of the
If you're a fan or if you're a human being, you have to love today's result. But I'm not sure if you gave the WTA or NBC truth serum, they would say the 29-year-old Italian is quite the champion they envisioned. If this had been
God bless Schiavone, but you do get the feeling this was her lightning-in-a-bottle moment. I would be stunned if four weeks from now she's still alive at Wimbledon. I think this is one of these I-can-die-a-happy-death-now situations. Stosur's really the interesting case because 24 hours ago we were talking about her as a Top-5 player who'd just come off wins against three of the top players. She's athletic and she attacks and she hits that big ball and serves well. But right now, she's just got to put this behind her. This was just a great opportunity she couldnt convert. It will be interesting to see how she carries on. Does she come away thinking, "Hey, I beat three of the top five players," or does she come away thinking, "Everything lined up for me to win a major and I couldnt get it done against a player I beat a year ago."
It shows how global the sport is and how everything's cyclical. The other thing to take away is everybody always asks whether so-and-so will win another Slam as if it's