Let’s welcome back our favourite part of the tennis season, it’s clay time once again! Our Sara Errani is fully pumped up to get back to her most beloved surface and is ready to start slinding on the most important red courts of the Tour!
But first, let us make one last stop within the United States before flying back to Europa and see what the Volvo Car Open (former Family Circle Cup) has to offer.
Sarita will be granted of a R1 BYE as the n.5-seeded player of the main draw to attempt repeating her 2015’s Quarterfinals result. The first step of this Charleston’s ladder is Yaroslava Shvedova – currently n.70 in world’s rankings. The match records stand in favour of the Kazakhstan native (3-2) although it was our warrior that got away with the last win when they met in Dubai this year (6-3, 6-0).
As Sara herself said during her pre-tournament interview, there is no doubt that our former Roland Garros finalist is eager to go back on court hopefully to put up another sweet payback over the infamous golden-set executioner:
“To start the clay season for me it’s amazing, I love playing on clay, which makes it also less difficult to adjust my game to, and I’m so happy to put my feet back on it. Of course a couple of days to get used to slide back won’t make any harm at all.
I wish I could repeat the success I had in Dubai also on clay, that’s the reason why you try to do your best and work as hard as possible, but you never know when and if it will come. Got to be ready.”
And she does it! Today on the Althea Gibson Club Court Sarita has gotten off to a flawless start to go straight for Shvedova’s jugular and score another 6-0! The WTA’s n.70 has tried to put up a fight after calling for a MTO to catch her breath and supposedly receive a neck/arm on-court treatment, but still has come up short and couldn’t keep up with Errani’s impetus. Final score: 6-0, 6-3.
So far so good, there goes the 1st clay victory of the season. Sarita’s next challenge will be the all-time opponent and n.10 seed Sam Stosur who emerged as winner from the clash with the Slovakian Jana Cepelova – WTA’s n.121 (6-4, 7-5).