June 5, 2010

Francesca, or When Nothing is Impossible

Her nose smudged with the red crushed-brick powder that tops the courts at Roland Garros, Francesca Schiavone, the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam singles event, “clambered into the stands. She immersed herself into a section of Italian family and friends, some of whom drove to Paris overnight, wearing black T-shirts that read ‘Nothing is Impossible.’”

What I like most about this victory is what Francesca (nicknamed “the Lioness”), who had only won three WTA titles in her entire career, has demonstrated: “Nothing is impossible.” This means that “everybody has a chance to be who you really want to be and to do everything in your life. This is what’s happened to me,” she said. That’s so Emersonian. I definitely like that.