Francesca Schiavone eyes spot in French Open draw after Bogota title

Retiring Schiavone keeps French Open dream alive by winning Bogota final

"Today was a disaster match, but winning was the most important thing".

Francesca Schiavone is through to her first WTA Tour final in over a year after overcoming Johanna Larsson at the Copa Colsanitas.

The victory catapults Schiavone into her first career final since she won Rio in February of 2016, and it marks her tenth career final on clay.

"Maybe it was far away in the reality", the former world No.4-ranked Schiavone said then, gesturing to her heart.

Schiavone saved all four, escaping 12 of 14 break points in the match, before closing out Arruabarrena in 95 minutes. "I think she pulled a muscle and couldn't run as well that she could, but I thank God that I could win the last three games".

Victory on Saturday was the 2010 French Open champion's 600th career win and took her ranking back to within striking distance of the top 100.

"It wasn't easy at all", Schiavone said about her match against Bertens, citing lingering neck pain.

The 17-year old Vondrousova beat her Estonian opponent Anett Kontaveit, 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the championship match. Interestingly, Lara Arruabarrena won this event in 2012, just a few weeks before her 20th birthday, but she played in only one final in between, taking the title in Seoul in September, so she is looking for 3 from 3 in the WTA finals. Sara was now the dominant figure on the court, she rattled off 6 games in a row to find herself 4-0 up in the final set, moving very close to the final.

And in case you weren't sure just how much Schiavone, at 36, still cares about the sport, just take a look at her reaction to watching her last victor sail by Arruabarrena.



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