WTA Marrakech: Veteran Italian Francesca Schiavone wins first title for a year
Last Updated: 28/04/13 6:09pm
Francesca Schiavone: Rediscovered her top form in Morocco
Francesca Schiavone secured her sixth title of her career and her first for a year with victory over Lourdes Dominguez Lino at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Marrakech.
The former French Open champion had not been beyond the quarter-finals of an event since claiming her fifth WTA title last May in Strasbourg and had lost her opening match in five of her nine events in 2013.
However, the 32-year-old Italian rediscovered her top form in Morocco to advance to the final without dropping a set, and maintained that impressive run with a 6-1 6-3 win in an hour and 35 minutes.
The sixth seed was dominant from the start; she didn't face a break point on her serve in the opening set and broke the Spaniard twice.
But it was harder work in the second as 59th-ranked Dominguez Lino broke in the fourth game of the second set to lead 3-1.
Schiavone stayed composed and broke her straight back, and saved further break points in the next game before winning five games in succession to seal victory.
It was a match that featuring the greatest combined age - 64 - of WTA finalists since Osaka in October 2010, when 40-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm and 33-year-old Tamarine Tanasugarn participated in the oldest-known final in WTA history.