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Francesca Schiavone announced her comeback as one of the potent contenders on tour – on Sunday after winning the Internationaux de Strasbourg title. Interestingly, this was her first WTA final since last year’s French Open and she went on to win the title after beating Alizé Cornet in straight sets. The Italian caused a stir in the tennis world after winning the French Open title two years ago.
Seeded-second in Strasbourg, Schiavone beat home-favourite Cornet with a 6-4 6-4 scoreline. The elated Italian quoted after the match, "I haven't played my best for a while. When I go home and go out to dinner, people say I'm sad. I say, 'I keep losing first round. Should I be happy?' Now they are writing for me to keep going and winning more."
"In this tournament, in the most important moments, I was there. It has been a long time since I've felt that," Schiavone added "It's a great feeling and I want to keep going this way. I'm happy again. I'm feeling the sensation of fighting and feeling the pain, and really enjoying my game again."
In the doubles final, second-seeded pair of Olga Govortsova and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik beat No.1 seeds Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova to win their first WTA title together, 6-7(4) 6-3 10-3.
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