Francesca Schiavone claims marathon

Updated: January 23, 2011, 7:30 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

MELBOURNE, Australia -- One of the players was so exhausted she forgot who was serving. The other kept checking the ticking clock on center court and thinking to herself, "Brava, Francesca!"

The clock finally stopped at 4 hours, 44 minutes, when French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 in the fourth round at the Australian Open and set a record for the longest women's Grand Slam match in the Open era.

An exhausted but elated ...

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