Our Sara Errani does it again and conquers another WTA Premier SEMIFINAL for the 2nd time since the beginning of the season at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston!
This time her victim has been the latest rising star Yulia Putintseva – currently WTA’s n.51: the eager Kazakhstan naturalized (ndr. born Russian) player had always put a fight so far and did not back down from major challenges such as crossing rackets with the multi-Slam winner and veteran Venus Williams.
But the Italian warrior expected nothing less from this young talent to repeat one more time during her quartefinals match and came prepare to struggle over each single point, if needed. And it was, since the first set has been an all-out war: even from the earliest games of the match the girls already battled for every inch of the court, making the 3rd one the longest ever played in Volvo Open’s tournament history.
It took over 1h40 of play, a dangerous 3-5 disadvantage and a decisive tie-break for our Sarita to deliver the lethal punch and release her unstoppable heat in the second set, but everything came out perfect in the end. Final score: 7-6(2), 6-1.
Here’s Sara Errani’s post-match press conference comments:
“It was tough, I mean, a really long first set. It was tough for me to close the points. I’ve been trying to be aggressive throughout the whole match, but she ran very well, she ran a lot, that’s why I found that hard to do it.”
“I started feeling a bit nervous about it, but I knew that our level of play matched and that I could win even if I was 5-3 down. I mean, I just tried to keep pushing, keep staying there and it went pretty good.”
But like our former Roland Garros finalist always likes to remind, there is no time to celebrate now. Off to rest for today and eyes on the prize: she will take on Elena Vesnina – currently n.64 in world rankings – to book a spot for the Finals tomorrow (ndr. 2nd match starting from 1pm, local time).
“For the moment I think I will talk with my coach about this one. And then tomorrow we will try to get past another tough match. Anyway, I’m really happy to be in the semifinal.”
— Psst! Don’t tell Sara but we are going to celebrate anyway! If she does not want to be mentioned for the Semis achievement, no problem: she is the new n.9 Singles player in the Race to Singapore for the 2016 WTA Championships!
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS (Errani v. Putintseva):