It took her 12 years and 39 Grand Slam attempts, in which she never previously progressed beyond the last eight, but Francesca Schiavone finally took the French Open title this year.
The Italian insisted that her historic victory is proof that the impossible can happen.
"This win shows that everybody has the chance to be who you really want to be, and do everything in your life,” Schiavone said. “This is what has happened to me."
18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova was delighted for her. “The passion came through,” Navratilova said. “She wanted it. She wanted it badly. She was going to die on that court if she had to.”