Bucharest 2015: 6th QF of the season

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After the early success against Cagla Buyukakcay, Sarita crosses swords with the Israeli Shahar Peer (ed. note: WTA n. 121) for the second time in her carreer in 5 years – Hobart 2010.

The two have just faced each other for a spot into Quartefinals of the International BRD Bucharest Open and once again Sara proved herself to be the best competitor thanks to another tie-break won which both updates her 2015 positive streak and entitles her to be the most effective player of the league with a 13-4 record.

Even though she set off on the back foot, got caught unware by Peer’s backhand accelerations and found herself in a 2-4 disadvantage, Sara soon got into her stride in the 7th game becoming  more proactive towards changes of tactics, increasing groundstrokes’ intensity and attacking the net as well. By taking a step forward, she manages to press her opponent on backhand cross and force her to take more risks. In spite of this, a couple of unwanted unforced errors kept Peer close enough to reach the tie-break, where the n.1 of Italy showed very well how she currently holds the annual WTA tie-break record.

Bad moment for our fans at the beginning of the second set, when Sara stumbled hard due to a right ankle twist during a side move. Luckily, the tournament therapist entered twice only to check if everything was fine and no real damage occurred, anyway, nothing that cannot be cure with a little rest and ice.
On the other side of the net her opponent must have thought differently since she suddenly let her guard down after the MTO to find herself totally exposed to Sara’s attacks, who didn’t need pursuading to rush ahead and easily close the match. Final score: 7-6(5), 6-2.

This is the 6th quartefinal of the season for Sara, who will face the winner of the match between Tatishvili and Zhang/Dulgheru(5) on Friday. Meanwhile, she will get some rest to recover and being able to fight even harder.

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