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    trans - OZ Open. Franciska Sichavone played 4.3hrs to winSchiavone outlasts Kuznetsova in record-breaking duel
    Sunday, 23 January, 2011
    By Darren Saligari

    m schiavone 23 51 - OZ Open. Franciska Sichavone played 4.3hrs to win
    Francesca Schiavone of Italy recovers her balance after doubling over the net.
    Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images
    At 3.22 pm Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova stepped on court for their fourth-round match. Four hours and 44 minutes later they embraced after playing a classic and setting a new Grand Slam record in the process.

    The 30-game third set alone lasted exactly three hours, the two sets that preceded it 51 and 53 minutes respectively. If tennis can be likened to war, then this was a battle on a world scale.
    Italian sixth seed Francesca Schiavone ultimately prevailed 6-4 1-6 16-14 over 23rd-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova.

    After dismantling last year's finalist Justine Henin in the third round, Kuznetsova would have been confident coming in against veteran Schiavone, who has never made it past the fourth round in Melbourne. But it was Schiavone who took Kuznetsova by surprise in the opening set.

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    Default Re: OZ Open. Franciska Sichavone played 4.3hrs to

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