The 2011 Roland Garros women’s singles final will be played today at 3pm local time in Paris, France on the centre court called Court Philippe Chartrier. This match is a must see for all those that enjoy sport and for all of Asia. Defending champion 30-year-old Francesca SCHIAVONE and China’s LI Na both playing in their second Grand Slam singles final will provide something for everyone.
The 5th seeded Schiavone pictured about at this years tournament as she is in the forward swing phase of her forehand ground stroke plays the 29-year-old No.6 seed Li Na for the fifth time today. The last time they met was in this event last year in the 3rd round resulting in a 6-4 6-2 victory for Schiavone. In their previous meetings the best two players over the past fortnight are tied at 2 wins each. Interestingly, all four matches were straight sets victories.
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Li Na will be looking to become the first Asian player in the history of tennis to win a Grand Slam singles title for the second time this year after being the runner-up in 3 sets to Kim Clijsters at the 2011 Australian Open. The 1.66m Schiavone turns 31 later this month and has certainly hit a career peak over the past year. The Italian’s story fuels the imagination, desire and bolsters the belief that anything is possible as well as that you can ALWAYS improve.
Further details about the women’s event at Roland Garros you can visit-> Roland Garros 2011 Women’s Schedule of Play and Roland Garros 2011 Women’s Singles Draw as well as Roland Garros 2011: May 17-June 5
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Li photo credit: Frédéric de Villamil