Francesca Schiavone lifts her eighth career title in Bogotà
Francesca Schiavone beat Lara Arruabarrena 6-4 7-5 in the final of the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogotà to win her 8th career title and her first since Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The Italian veteran scored her 600th career title to win valuable points for the WTA Ranking keeping her dream alive to qualify for the Roland Garros, a tournament where she won her only career Grand Slam title in 2010. Schiavone, who will end her career at the end of the season, started her clay season without winning a main draw match this year.
Schiavone broke serve to love in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead. As she was leading 3-1, Schiavone saved two two break points and won four consecutive points to hold her service game for 4-1. In the seventh game Schiavone saved four break points and held her serve to open up a 5-2 lead. She dropped her serve to 0 at 5-3 with a double fault but converted her third break point in the next game to close out the first set by 6-4.
Arruabarrena, who won the Bogotà title in 2012. recently reached the fourth round in Miami last month. The Spanish player broke serve in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. She received medical time-out to treat a left harmstring problem. In the seventh game Schiavone saved a break point for 2-5 with a backhand down the line to claw her way back to 3-4.
Schiavone saved three set points and won his service game with an ace for 4-5.
Arruabarrena did not convert her fourth set point, as she was serving for the second set. After saving all four break points she faced, Schiavone converted her first break point to draw level to 5-5. As she leading 6-5 Schiavone broke again to 15 with a forehand inside-out to wrap up the match.
“I am not thinking about retirement. I am enjoyong tennis. I am very happy and emotional. Today was a disaster match, but winning was the most important thing. Lara is improving a lot. I think she pulled a muscle and couldn’t run as well as she could, but I thank God that I could win the last three games”, said Schiavone.