Flavia Pennetta went on to win the US Open in 2015, defeating Roberta Vinci in the first all-Italian Grand Slam final. Three years earlier, Sara Errani made a stunning run at Roland-Garros, falling to Maria Sharapova in the final in the same year that she claimed the doubles title with Vinci.
"I think she was the first one to open up the mind of our generation” Errani told rolandgarros.com last week. “I think that happened many times, when one person that you are near, really near, does great things, maybe you can think a little bit more that you can also do it. So it helps all of us to be here and to live great things after her amazing run."
Corrado Barazzutti was Schiavone’s coach a decade ago, and he said the Italian's third-round victory over Li Na made him believe his charge may be able to do the unthinkable in Paris.
"Francesca made an unbelievable match, she won 6-4, 6-2," he said. "In that match I saw something. Francesca beat this player that was very, very strong. I said 'Now I think you can win this tournament,' and it happened. She won an unbelievable match in the final against Stosur, she played unbelievable."