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Francesca Schiavone becomes the highest-ranked Italian ever

Francesca Schiavone wins the 2010 French OpenThe 2010 French Open title has insured Francesca Schiavone’s rise of 11 spots in the Sony Ericsson WTA rankings, and the first-time Grand Slam champion is now at a career-high of No.6, which makes her the highest-ranked Italian ever. And that’s not all. The new rankings are the first occasion that two Italian players are ranked within the Top 10, as Flavia Pennetta (the first Italian Top 10 player) rose from No.15 to No.10.

Samantha Stosur, runner-up at the French Open this year, hasn’t changed her position in the rankings and is still at No.7. Last year’s finalists Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dinara Safina have suffered major slips. The 2009 champion Kuznetsova fell from No.6 to No.19 after her third round exit this year, while the 2009 runner-up Safina fell from No.9 to the last spot in the Top 20 after going out in the first round this year. (photo: Stephane Martinache)

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