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Strasbourg Women's Saturday Summary
Singles - Final: (2) Francesca Schiavone def. (WC) Alize Cornet 6-4 6-4
Our theme for this day was players breaking title droughts, but this was the prize of the bunch: Francesca Schiavone had not won anything since taking the Roland Garros crown two years ago. In fact, she came here with a 7-11 record on the year, and three straight losses. She hadn't made it past a second round since Brisbane! So this is a very big win for her.
A big win, but a small tournament. She moves only slightly, from #14 to #12. But at least she goes into Roland Garros with some momentum. That has been missing for her all year. It's easy to wonder why Agnieszka Radwanska played Brussels. But playing Strasbourg certainly paid off for Schiavone.
It wasn't bad for Alize Cornet, either. No, she didn't win a title -- but it is the first time she has won four straight WTA matches since taking the title at Budapest 2008. And it follows on a semifinal at the Prague Challenger last week (which may not sound like much, but she lost that semifinal to Lucie Safarova, so it wasn't a bad defeat). She is her best streak in years.
Doubles - Final: (2) Govortsova/Jans-Ignacik def. (1) Grandin/Uhlirova 6-7(4-7) 6-3 10-3 (Match TB)
An interesting coincidence, at the very least. On the very day that Alicia Rosolska lost a final, her ex-partner Klaudia Jans-Ignacik won her first title since she and Rosolska won Marbella 2009. Olga Govortsova had had a bit of a wait, too; her last was New Haven 2011 with Chuang. But it's Jans-Ignacik who clearly qualifies as the week's slump-breaker.