Francesca Schiavone to continue her career in 2018
Former Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone will continue her career in 2018. The 38-year-old Italian player said at the start of 2017 that she would have retired at the end of the season to focus on her coaching career in Miami, but she changed her mind after winning in Bogotà and finishing runner-up in Rabat.
The current world number 92 will start her new season from the Australian Open Main Draw. She will make her 18th appearance at the Australian Open. She achieved her best result in Melbourne in 2011 when she saved six match points to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 1-6 16-14 after 4 hours and 44 minutes. She advanced to the quarter finals for the first time in her career before losing to Caroline Wozniacki in three sets by 3-6 6-3 6-3. Last year she lost to qualifier Julia Boserup in the first round.
“It is with great pleasure, passion and motivation that I start preparing a new season. It’s true. Age can’t make a dream start nor finish. Inspired by Roger, Serena and Venus, by the continuous growth and enjoyment this sport brings me, today I will sign up for the Australian Open and will start training again. Hoping that my heart and my body will run together. Happy 2018”, wrote Schiavone on her Instagram account.