LTB has enjoyed watching the ladies final and conveys congratulations to the first Italian Grand Slam Champion Francesca Schiavone!!!
She simply outplayed Australian Sam Stosur in two sets of high class tennis, kissing the terre battue to seal her delight of winning her maiden Slam at the ripe old age of 29. Sam must be disappointed but there was no denying Francesca had her game plan worked out and wasn’t afraid to take the lead right from the beginning.
Although perhaps unknown to many, the Italian sure has a great personality and somewhat reminded me of a female Rafael Nadal with her gutsy fist punches and dancing arround Philippe Chatrier Court such was the level of her enthusiam for winning today’s crunch match.
It has been a bit of an unusual ladies tournament with plenty of shocks and suprises and new talent showcased on the red stuff. Despite poor semi finals on Thursday, there were some excellent matches in all the rounds that surely pleased the crowds in Paris.
So with the ladies Champion decided that can only mean one thing folks – it’s almost the end of the French Open Grand Slam and thus the end of a long clay court season but as Mr Jones would say to Captain Mannering, “Don’t panic”!!!
We all know it has been comforting to come home from work and watch a few sets over dinner in the evening. It’s been good to catch up with the scores online and hear the tweets of the top pros and ogle over the outfits.
It has been nice to read the odd bit of tennis news in the papers and hear snippets of scores in the radio news bulletins. It has been great to feel a stronger connection to all things Parisian and French like eating croissants and listening to that cool song Stereo Love with the funky French jingle in the middle.
However, the matches are fewer on the ground and we know all good things in Paris must come to an end tomorrow. The excitement that was in bucketfuls at the start of the tournament has inevitably worn off. Perhaps we’re all feeling a bit disillusioned Rafa isn’t facing Roger in the final tomorrow.
You may start to sigh and frown and you might feel a little weak and down in the dumps. This is normal behaviour for any tennis fan so do not feel alone.
We at LTB are here to help you through this painful process. We all understand how dire Monday mornings can be so this one coming is going to be a little worse than normal. But believe me, its easier now than it will be after Wimbledon!
To cheer us up, we do have some tennis to look forward to. Besides the huge men’s final tomorrow, next week, we are back to the UK and to the green green grass of home. Queens club will host some of the world’s top male players and the week and some of the lovely ladies will be in Birmingham, including Miss Sharapova. The week after we have Eastbourne and then the week after that, it’s the one and only Championships at the AELTC. (Yay!)
But in the meantime, if you begin to suffer from female Grand Slam withdrawal symptoms and are new to the Blog, feel free to scroll down our articles written over the past five months to see the breadth of things we have covered all for you lovely tennis people to enjoy!
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