Italian tennis champ Francesca Schiavone beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Australian Open on Sunday. She won the set 6-4, 1-6, 16-14. But it certainly didn’t come easy or fast.
It took 4 hours and 44 minutes to make a women’s record for the longest grand slam women’s singles match ever played.
Currently ranked number 7 in the world, she won the 2010 French Open singles title. The New York Times reports, Schiavone said what she wants to do most is show the DVD of this epic match to her son.
Isn’t it funny how everything a parent does relates to their kids?
I keep poignant published essays and articles in a book for my kids to read over when they get older, or show their own kids. I want them to know about me as a person —a writer, an editor, an adult— aside from being a mom. I think one of the things many people ponder as they grow up is what kind of person their mother or father was before they were parents, what did they do in their life, did any of their talents or traits pass down to them? It’s a natural curiosity.
I also keep their baby books to show my kids the things they did as babies, milestones, family events, and fun happenings. My first daughter’s baby book was meticulous. It included basically every single thing she did. My second daughter’s baby book was complete but not as inclusive. By the time my son rolled around, I was lucky to get in the times he walked and talked. I just didn’t have the time to fill up the book as I did a few years before.
The day I realized how dramatically my baby book writing had dwindled, I took a yellow pad and wrote an update of each child: what they were doing, favorite books and foods, quirky habits and memorable events. I wrote three pages and stuck it in each of my children’s baby books so they would all have it. And while I have those books, pictures, and videos to remember their childhoods, I don’t have as much to show them of my husband and me before we became their parents, but some pictures and clippings.
It’s a fantastic thing for Schiavone to be able to have one of her greatest professional moments on DVD. Next up, she will face world No.1 Carolline Wozniacki of Denmark in the quarter-finals.