Our Sara Errani is safely through the next round to reach the 3rd WTA Premier Quartefinals of 2016 thanks to a consistent win over the former Family Circle Cup champion Sam Stosur.
The Italian warrior – n.5 seed in the Volvo Car Open draw – started her path to her 1st potential clay title of the year with a R1 BYE and last-16 round win over the infamous Yaroslava Shvedova – who had to swallow another bagel after Dubai’s one this year (ndr. 6-3, 6-0 / 6-0, 6-3).
Today, Sarita managed to take another step closer to the championship by edging the n.10-seeded Australian. She rushed out of the starting blocks to get the easy chance to close the first set on a 5-3 lead, altough the Aussie put up her best resistence. Stosur also followed up the blaze and collect a 3-0 advantage aiming to force a 3rd set but our Dubai queen stayed right on track and sprint back to level and touch the finish line first with a decisive and well-played tie-break. Final score: 6-4, 7-6(5).
Here is Sarita’s post-match press conference.
Q: How about the weather conditions today?
ERRANI: It was very windy. It made it much more difficult for both of us because it did not blow only in one directions, it constantly changed. You could never tell how it would affect the ball.
Q: So many top seeds have already fallen so far. Do you think you can really make a move and do you feel that your game right know is good enough to make a run until Sunday?
ERRANI: I’m feeling good but I don’t really think about making a run. The only thing I care for would be my next match. I will have to face Putintseva, who is playing a really good tennis on clay and beat Venus today.
Q: The match before yours between Venus and her lasted over 3 hours. Did it affect your preparation at all or your warm up in any way or anything else before you went out?
ERRANI: Not really. I was thinking about myself as well as the best way to play my game, to prepare to fight. I saw the match though: she was running and moving around the court very well, making dropshots and everything. I would have to play my game and try to move as much as possible.
Q: What is it about Italian tennis players that makes you fight no matter what?
ERRANI: I cannot really speak about the others, but I can tell you I am definitively a competitive one: I want to win no matter what I do, from tennis to simpler games like cards. It is a really good thing for us anyway.
Q: You mentioned that you usually hang out with your coach’s children during the All-Access Hour. What you guys be doing? Do you have a fun inside and outside of the tennis?
ERRANI: Most likely onsite. We haven’t had much time outside yet. They (ndr. Lozano’s children) are having fun and playing tennis on practice courts right now, and it’s fun for me to have them here.
Sara will now have to face and defeat the youngin Yulia Putintseva – currently WTA’s n.51 – to book a spot for her 2nd Premier Semifinals of the year. The only match played between the two dates back in 2013 at French Open, where our warrior took care of business with a strict 6-1, 6-1. The quartefinals are scheduled tomorrow on Volvo Car Stadium not before 7pm (local time).
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS (Errani v. Stosur):