Francesca Schiavone © Gallo Images
Francesca Schiavone won her eighth career title at the Bogota Open in Colombia on Saturday to move closer to a main draw place at the French Open in her final year on tour.
The 36-year-old Schiavone, the 2010 Roland Garros champion but now down at 168 in the world, defeated Spanish fourth seed Lara Arruabarrena 6-4, 7-5.
"I'm very happy and emotional," said former world No 4 Schiavone who had gone into the Colombia tournament without a win on the tour in 2017.
"Today was a disaster match, but winning was the most important thing."
Victory on Saturday was Schiavone's 600th career win and took her ranking back to within striking distance of the Top 100.