Only one word comes to mind looking back at Francesca Schiavone's nearly five-hour win over Svetlana Kuznetsova at the Australian Open: courage.
Sure, Francesca Schiavone backed her way into the French Open semifinals, but at least she's there.
Just chalk it up to another one for the ages. Francesca Schiavone beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in 4 hours, 44 minutes, shattering the Open era record.
There were a lot of questions about Justine Henin heading into this season. A straight-sets loss to Svetlana Kuznetsova at the Aussie will raise even more.
A majority of the game's top stars will limp into the U.S. Open, leaving the door wide open for red-hot Dinara Safina to claim her first major.
The Serbs are struggling, while the Williams sisters, beset by injuries, have seen little action since Wimbledon. The Beijing winner might be the player who stays the healthiest.
Playing for the first time since early exits at Wimbledon, Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova have something to prove this week in Montreal.
Venus Williams is the defending champion at Wimbledon, and Ravi Ubha writes she'll reach the final once again. However, sister Serena could very well be waiting for her.
For the first time since 2004, the French Open winning trophy will be hoisted by someone other than Justine Henin. But who steps up and grinds their way through the clay is up in the air.
Sharapova, Venus looking to rebound after protracted time off
Justine Henin has ruled the clay surface for the last few years. But a rejuvenated Serena Williams has been dominant thus far in 2008.
In the cutthroat world of tennis, genuine altruism is a rarity. However, Svetlana Kuznetsova is a welcome aberration. Touted as one of the friendliest players on tour, the Russian is also taking instrumental strides to yield more consistent results.