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. The third edition will be held on 17 and 18 October, 2014

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]

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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

2014 La Grande Sfida[edit]

The 2014 edition will be held on October 17, 2014, in Genoa and on October 18, 2014 in Milan, Italy. This year's players featured 4 legends of the ATP Senior Tour: the eight time grand slam champion Ivan Lendl, Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, French Open champion Michael Chang and seven time grand slam champion John McEnroe.

The semifinals will be held in Genoa, while the final and the 3rd place final will be played the day after in Milan.

Players[edit]

Player 1 Result Player 2 Result Player 3 Result Player 4 Result
Croatia Goran Ivanisevic Champion United States Ivan Lendl Runner-up United States John McEnroe 3rd Place United States Michael Chang 4th Place

Matches[edit]

Singles - Semifinal 1
United States Michael Chang 4 2
United States Ivan Lendl 6 6
Singles - Semifinal 2
Croatia Goran Ivanisevic 6 77
United States John McEnroe 2 63
Singles - 1st place final
Croatia Goran Ivanisevic 6 6
United States Ivan Lendl 4 4
Singles - 3rd place final
United States Michael Chang 3 3
United States John McEnroe 6 6

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