Paszek survives marathon to shock Schiavone

Updated: 26 June 2011 00:56 IST

Unseeded Austrian Tamira Paszek upset the odds as she beat former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 in a gruelling third round match at Wimbledon on Saturday.

Paszek survives marathon to shock Schiavone

London:

Unseeded Austrian Tamira Paszek upset the odds as she beat former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 in a gruelling third round match at Wimbledon on Saturday.


Schiavone won the longest women's Grand Slam match in the Open era when she defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 16-14 in the final set after four hours and 44 minutes on court in the Australian Open fourth round in January.

But the Italian sixth seed couldn't last the pace this time as Paszek finally won a rain-interrupted tie that last three hours and 41 minutes.

Paszek looked on the way out when Schiavone served for the match at 9-8 in the final set, but the world number 80 dug deep to break back and minutes later she fell to her knees in triumph after breaking again to clinch the biggest win of her life.

Schiavone has reached the last two French Open finals, but the 31-year-old's game isn't so well suited to grass courts and she had only been past the third round once in 10 visits to Wimbledon.

Paszek took the first set when the match started on Friday and was on course for a famous victory when she eased into a 3-1 lead in the second set.

Schiavone broke back before rain forced play to be suspended for the day and then won the second set on the resumption on Saturday.

That set the stage for a dramatic two-hour final set, which Paszek finally won to secure a last 16 clash against unseeded Russian Ksenia Pervak.



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