Inspired by Federer and Williams, Francesca Schiavone will play in 2018

Inspired by Federer and Williams, Francesca Schiavone will play in 2018

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She had been given a sign when during a practice session she hurt her ankle, saying that she had to stop one month, which meant her pre-season was only delayed. Now through her Instagram account, we got the confirmation: Francesca Schiavone's career will continue in 2018 as well.

If Roberta Vinci set Rome as her last event, the Milan native didn't mention any certain event or date. At the beginning of the year Schiavone had said she would have retired this season, and started as tennis coach by November in Miami.

Bogotà title and Rabat final in April must have played a key role into this decision. 'It is with great pleasure, passion and motivation that I start preparing a new tennis season. It's true, age can't make a dream start nor finish.

Inspired by Roger [Federer], Serena and Venus [Williams], by the continuous growth and enjoyment this sport brings, today I will sign up for the Australian Open and will start training again. Hoping that my body and heart will run together.

Happy 2018', wrote the World No. 92, who will start directly from the main draw in Melbourne.

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