|Published:||Jun 06, 2010 1:47 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 05, 2010 10:48 PM EDT|
PARIS (AP) - An Italian woman has finally won a Grand Slam title. Francesca Schiavone has defeated Samantha Stosur in the French Open final 6-4, 7-6.
Schiavone rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the second set and took the clinching tiebreaker.
At 29, Schiavone becomes the oldest woman to win her first Grand Slam title since Ann Jones at Wimbledon in 1969 at age 30. She's the first Italian Grand Slam champion since Adriano Panatta won the French Open men's title in 1976.
The 17th-seeded Schiavone is just the second woman seeded outside the top 10 to win the French title. The last was in 1933.
The men's finale is tomorrow. Second-seeded Rafael Nadal gets a chance to avenge last year's fourth-round loss to Robin Soderling when the two square off. Nadal is a four-time champion at Roland Garros.