Cincinnati 2011: 1st round wins

Sara has won her first rounds in both singles and doubles in Cincinnati today. In singles, she beat Sloane Stephens 6-1 7-5. The first set was going really well for Sara, but the second was a lot closer. At 4-4, Sara lost serve, but while Stephens was serving for the set, Sara broke straight back and won 3 games in a row to close out the match. It’s been a while since Sara closed out a match in a tight set like this, so that’s very encouraging. In the second round she will play against Shuai Peng (again) or Gisela Dulko.

In doubles, Sara and Roberta beat 6th seeds Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova 6-2, 6-3 in a match that lasted less than an hour. In the second round, they’ll face Stephens/Wickmayer.

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