Tournament Page: WTA Rio de Janeiro
By Britwatch Team
- 2016 Champion
- Defeated Shelby Rogers 2-6 6-2 6-2
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Francesca Schiavone sealed an emotional win as she won her seventh career title, beating Shelby Rogers in three sets in Rio.
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2010 French Open champion Schiavone rolled back the clock as she edged past Rogers to win a seventh career title in Rio, after looking very much on the ropes.
The American was up a set and a break before Schiavone rallied in the second set to give herself a chance, before repeating the feat in the decider.
“I feel very emotional right now,” she said on court when presented with her trophy. “It was a very tough match, and I want to congratulate Rogers. She is a young player and she grew a lot in the circuit.”
Schiavone had one more trick up her sleeve, addressing the crowd in Portuguese, adding: “I’m really happy to be here today. I wrote this speech this morning, regardless of the result, because I wanted to share my joy with you.
“Today is a happy day and I’m very emotional because Brazil is such a wonderful country. Your smile fulfilled my days here and I wish you the best for the Olympic Games.
“I want to thank everybody who helped me, and now it´s time to enjoy.”
Rogers earns a special exemption into the Acapulco field and jumped up 23 places with her run to the final, before she makes the switch to hard courts.
“I want to thank everybody who made this fantastic tournament possible,” she said as she accepted the runners-up trophy. “It was definitely one of the best weeks of my life. I hope I can come back next year.”
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