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Emotional Schiavone a step closer to French Open

Tennis

BOGOTA, Columbia – Francesca Schiavone won her eighth WTA title at the Bogota Open to move closer to a main draw place at the French Open in her final year on tour.

The 36-year-old Schiavone, the 2010 Roland Garros champion but now down at 168 in the world, defeated Spanish fourth seed Lara Arruabarrena 6-4 7-5 on Saturday.

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Francesca Schiavone has won the Bogota Open. Photo: Al Bello, AFP

“I'm very happy and emotional,” said former World No 4 Schiavone, who had gone into the Colombia tournament without a win on the tour in 2017.

“Today was a disaster match, but winning was the most important thing.”

Victory on Saturday was Schiavone’s 600th career win, and took her ranking back to within striking distance of the top 100.

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