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That wasn’t a surprise, because Schiavone is comfortable on the red clay, while Li has said she was never a fan.

“It’s a mix of everything. So you have to be good physically, mentally,” Schiavone said of the clay. “You can’t play just power, because you have always the time to (defend) and to counterattack.”

Schiavone is playing in her first final since last year’s tournament at Roland Garros. And by winning her second major championship, she would become the first woman over 30 to win a Grand Slam title since Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon at the age of 33 in 1990.

Before that happens, Schiavone will have to take care of Li on Court Philippe Chatrier. That may not be so easy.

“In Melbourne was like first time in the final. You don’t have any experience before you come to the Grand Slam final,” Li said, remembering her experience at the Australian Open. “But I have one time already, so I think I can do better in this time.”