The Women’s Final

Jun 3, 2011

The women’s semi final battles have borne another thrilling French Open semi final. The controversial side of me wants to say that this could be because the Williams sisters are not a) able to play or b) at their top form. The women’s side of tournaments has been bemoaned as boring simply because the Williams sisters dominate it so much. This is probably less true with the comeback of Kim Clijsters and a host of lower ranked players emerging as the Williams sisters slowly lose some of their form.

Two of these such exciting names are Francesca Schiavone and Li Na. These are the two players that promise to make the women’s finals one to watch. One thing about these two players is their age; their combined years is the biggest in a Grand Slam final since 1998, when Jana Novotna and Nathalie Tauziat battled in the Wimbledon finals. Schiavone, who won the French Open last year, is 30, and LI Na is 29.

Schiavone looks top favourite as a returning champion. But Li Na has a Grand Slam final under her belt as well – the Australian Open this year –  after she battled through to the finals where unfortunately she fell to Kim Clijsters. Li promises to bring in the Chinese fans of the sport, who have been growing in number as Li’s form has started to grow more and more impressive. And the two players are both so interesting and exciting to watch, that this could be a strong showing in the crowd seats. Which would be fantastic; the women’s game has lacked some support over the last few years.

The final starts tomorrow, with Schiavone looking to take her second title at Roland Garros. Both women are going to be putting the bed the idea that women’s tennis is all about young teenagers straight out of tennis academy; the years of hard work, experience and building of strength are what is currently winning out in the women’s game.

-          SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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