Francesca Schiavone working with Caroline Wozniacki in Charleston

Following an amazing 22 years on the tour last year Francesca Schiavone called it a day at the age of 38 and the former French Open champion who won at Roland Garros back in 2010 has been spotted in the Wozniacki camp of late.

The two trained together in Miami not long ago and the Italian is still with the Dane in South Carolina as she kick starts her clay court season on the green clay in Charleston.

Schiavone has been practicing with Wozniacki all week and has also been in her player box giving the former world number one some hints and tips on the clay.

Wozniacki has an all court game and pulling all that together and adapting it to the clay court is something we haven’t seen as the Dane has only made the second week of Roland Garros twice in eleven appearances and of 30 titles only 4 have come on the clay.

I have been impressed with Caro this week, I have seen her on a couple of occasions and the intensity has been so good.

There have been some blips in her performances but overall she has been strong. She has really flattened out her ground strokes and is using the surface to her advantage especially on the forehand which she has brought so much variety to.

We have seen it all! The cross court, down the line, low slice and the shot which has really proved difficult is the ‘moon ball’ forehand which is simply but has been so effective putting players under pressure which is something I will come on to.

6-2 6-2 against Maria Sakkari. That was such a good performance from the Dane who has beaten some very good players so far this week and now has a semi-final against Petra Martic on her hands tomorrow.


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