Sunday, June 6, 2010

The thrill of victory

I saw the end of the womens' final at the French Open yesterday.  Francesca Schiavone, a long-time player on the womens' tour, won to become the first Italian player ever to win a Grand Slam event.  Besides that milestone, she really got my attention with a level of enthusiasm and excitement that you don't see all the time in the big-money world of professional sports.

When Schiavone won, she fell to the court on the clay at Roland Garros, then rolled over and kissed the ground:

She came up covered with red clay, but it was probably something she did not want to wash off.


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