This will be the 19th WTA final for Schiavone, who is now ranked 168th and who needed a wild card to enter the main draw (this will be her final season on the Tour), and only the second in the last 4 years. With a mountain to climb, Arruabarrena began her comeback with a break in game 5 and out of sudden she was back in the game, taking 12 points in succession and 24 out of the final 32 to complete a great recovery and bring the match home on own serve in game 10, but only after saving another break point.
Schiavone and Arruabarrena have never met before.
The 2010 French Open champion, Schiavone also reached a milestone by winning her 600th career match.
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Ranked 168th in the world coming into the week, the veteran Italian won her ninth straight set before Arruabarrena battled back in the second, with four set points to level the match.
And in case you weren't sure just how much Schiavone, at 36, still cares about the sport, just take a look at her reaction to watching her last victor sail by Arruabarrena. "I think she pulled a muscle and couldn't run as well that she could, but I thank God that I could win the last three games".
"In this moment I have memories of my championship in Roland Garros", she added. "I have always had very good performances on clay. I felt very excited to be playing my game".
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"It wasn't easy at all", Schiavone said about her match against Bertens, citing lingering neck pain.
Meanwhile, in Switzerland Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova ended a fairytale week with her first WTA title at the inaugural Ladies Open Biel Bienne. Arruabarrena defeated Spanish compatriot Sara Sorribes 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in her semi-final.
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