Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/15/14

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25: Francesca Schiavone of Italy reacts after a point in her fourth round match against Venus Williams of the United States of America during day eight of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone won her first title in nearly a year Sunday, beating Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-1, 6-3 in the Grand Prix SAR final. The sixth-seeded Schiavone was dominant in the first set, breaking the Spaniard twice and not facing a single break point. Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion now ranked 48th, celebrated her first victory since winning the Strasbourg Open last May. The Italian didn't drop a set all tournament en route to winning her sixth title. ''This was a great week for me after a long, very difficult period,'' Schiavone said. ''I think my two toughest matches of the week were my first match against (Petra) Martic, a very talented young player, and of course today against Lourdes. I played a really complete game today. It's never easy to play her.'' Dominguez Lino broke in the fourth game of the second set to lead 3-1, but Schiavone broke straight back and saved further break points in the next game before breaking again to take...
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