La Grande Sfida

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La Grande Sfida is a women's exhibition tennis tournament held at the Mediolanum Forum and hosted by the Boscolo Hotel in Milan.[1] The first edition was held on 3 December, 2011. The second edition will be held on 1 December, 2012.

2011 La Grande Sfida[edit]

The inaugural event this year featured the Williams sisters as well as 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and 2011 US Open quarter-finalist Flavia Pennetta.

Players[edit]

Team Player 1 Player 2 Result
 ITA Francesca Schiavone Flavia Pennetta 3
 USA Venus Williams Serena Williams 2

Matches[edit]

[2]

Singles
United States Serena Williams 6 7 7
Italy Flavia Pennetta 8 3 3
Singles
United States Venus Williams 5 3
Italy Francesca Schiavone 7 7
Doubles
United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
3 8 8
Italy Francesca Schiavone
Italy Flavia Pennetta
7 6 6
Singles
United States Venus Williams 6 2
Italy Flavia Pennetta 8 7
Singles
United States Serena Williams 3 10 6
Italy Francesca Schiavone 7 8 8

2012 La Grande Sfida[edit]

The 2012 edition was held on December 1, 2012, in Milan, Italy. This year's players featured French Open finalists Sara Errani and Maria Sharapova as well as US Open quarter-finalists Roberta Vinci and Ana Ivanovic.

The first match, between Ana Ivanovic and Roberta Vinci, was a repeat of their second round match from the Rogers Cup earlier in the year in which Vinci won 6–0, 6–0. However, this time Ivanovic would gain her revenge, winning in a 12-point tiebreak.

The second match, between Maria Sharapova and Sara Errani, was a repeat of their French Open final in which Sharapova won to complete a Career Grand Slam. Sharapova was once again victorious, by a scoreline of 6–2.

The Italians would then gain their revenge over Ivanovic and Sharapova by scoring a 6–4 victory in the doubles rubber.

Players[edit]

Player 1 Player 2 Result
Italy Sara Errani Italy Roberta Vinci 1
Serbia Ana Ivanovic Russia Maria Sharapova 2

Matches[edit]

Singles
Serbia Ana Ivanovic 77
Italy Roberta Vinci 65
Singles
Russia Maria Sharapova 6
Italy Sara Errani 2
Doubles
Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
6
Serbia Ana Ivanovic
Russia Maria Sharapova
4

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