Schiavone finds nothing is impossible
It was the perfect demonstration of the sporting value of perseverance.
Her major championships have, more often than not, ended in the first week with a distinctly average record including 17 defeats in either the first or second rounds.
In the first round of Wimbledon in 2006, attempting to serve and volley under the guidance of legend Martina Navratilova, she lost to Britain's Mel South, who at the time was ranked 305.
It could have been the same here because in round one she trailed the world number 70 Regina Kulikova by one set to love on one of the outside courts. It turned out to be the only set she lost in the whole championship.
Schiavone played a tactically perfect match to beat Stosur. Photograph: Getty.
At the 39th attempt, she is a major champion - the first woman from Italy to hold that honour - and remarkably it's only her fourth title in 10 years on the tour.
Always thinking, always attacking, Schiavone carved open the court with angles - especially effective when sending Stosur scampering out to her forehand wing.
Her volleys hardly ever let her down when she charged the net, sometimes even behind service returns, and the kick serve was particularly brutal. This was, in many ways, a throwback to a bygone era of women's tennis - and how refreshing it was to see.
Sometimes you fear for your sanity on women's final day at the French Open. Are there sufficient crosswords in the paper? Does the double-fault column on the statistics computer stretch to double figures?
Heavy baseline hitting, up and down until someone misses, appears to be the standard game of the modern one-dimensional player.
But last year's finalists - Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dinara Safina - will crash to 19 and 20 in the world respectively next week as Schiavone and Stosur, two players with more varied games, consolidate inside the top 10.
In some ways it's a swap which tells a story of styles. This was a compelling final, full of variety and winners, and Stosur more than played her part.
She couldn't repeat the brilliance of her wins over Henin and Serena but her performance was far superior to that of many recent Roland Garros finalists, some of whom have been to number one in the world.
As Schiavone said afterwards: "You are young, you can do it!" And, at the age of 26, the Australian certainly can challenge again.
Can Schiavone? It's tempting to say that this will almost certainly be her only major title but, as the slogans read on the T-shirts of her team, "Schiavone: Nothing is Impossible".