Francesca Schiavone (born 23 June 1980 in Milan) is an Italian tennis player who turned professional in 1998. She won the 2010 French Open singles title, becoming the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam event in singles. She was also runner-up at the 2011 French Open. As of 27 Jan 2014, Schiavone's ranking is World No. 43; her career high ranking is World No. 4, achieved on 31 January 2011. To date, Schiavone is the last one handed-backhand player to win a Grand Slam title on the women's tour, and also the last one handed-backhand player to reach the top ten of the WTA ranking.