Former French Open champion Schiavone wins Rio title


Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone won her first title since 2013 when she defeated Shelby Rogers of the United States 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the Rio de Janeiro final. The Italian former world number four, now ranked at 132, came back from a set and a break down to defeat her 23-year-old opponent and claim her seventh career title.Schiavone is the third Italian winner on the WTA Tour this year after Roberta Vinci in St Petersburg and Sara Errani in Dubai. This victory guarantees a return to the world top 100 next week for the veteran who is in her third decade on tour.