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Sat Mar 28 19:45:34 SAST 2015

Schiavone edges Kuznetsova in record marathon

Ian Ransom, Reuters | 23 January, 2011 11:140 Comments
Francesca Schiavone of Italy gestures during her match against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 23, 2011

French Open champion Francesca Schiavone edged Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6 6-1 16-14 in a four-hour and 44 minute marathon on Sunday that shattered the women’s record for the longest match at a grand slam in the open era.

In a tortuous third set of unrelenting tension, 30-year-old Schiavone saved six match points and captured the decisive break at 14-14 after reaching desperately for a crosscourt volley that left Kuznetsova flat-footed at the net.

Kuznetsova saved two match points with a baseline winner and a sharp return but could not save the third as Schiavone wrapped up the three-hour final set with a forehand volley.

The match surpassed the record set by Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova and Regina Kulikova that lasted four hours and 19 minutes in last year’s Australian Open, according to tournament officials

Schiavone will next play top seed Caroline Wozniacki.

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