Francesca Schiavone is the 2010 Roland Garros Women's Singles Champion.
Two weeks ago, probably just a handful of people would've written those words seriously (namely, Frankie herself, her coach, and close friends and family. Maybe.) But Franny did the improbable and sliced through the upset-filled draw to win her first Grand Slam title. Along the way, she also becomes the first Italian woman to ever win a grand slam (Adriano Pannata won the French Open in 1976, thanks google), the second Italian woman to ever be ranked in the top 10 (she debuts at a career high #6, fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta was #10 last year) and the second oldest first-time Grand Slam champion as she turns 30 in less than a month (after some more googling, it was Ann Jones who won Wimbledon in 1969 at 30 years old.)
Schiavo definitely goes against the grain of up-and-coming prospects. She's got a one-handed backhand, which she alternates between a topspin and a mean slice. She also likes throwing uppercuts after winning big points and rolling on and kissing the dirt after winning a grand slam.
And there's the turning 30 thing that I'm sure will be mentioned a lot when articles about her are written.
I was rooting for Sam Stosur to win, just because of her upset wins over Justine, Serena and Jelena, but FranSchiav just threw about everything she had on her shots, so while Sam's groundstrokes and serves were generally not hitting the mark (probably due to nerves), FraniSchavi just kept on excitedly pumping her fist and playing fiery, aggressive tennis that surprisingly overwhelmed Sam.
So Francesca Schiavone, 2010 Roland Garros Champion, congratulations on an unlikely but deserved final win.