Right after a major performance against Yaroslava Shvedova and an awkward hailstorm in the Emirates desert, our Sara Errani goes back in in order to book a spot into Dubai Duty Free Championships semifinals.
The Italian, who was forced to find a shelter after just 3 games of play, did not let her concentration loosen up by the break and got back on court with a steamroller attitude over the same n.82 world ranked Kazahkstan who inflicted her a golden set back in Wimbledon 2012. Finally, Sarita got the chance to get her payback yesterday, and did not fail to take it, disarming Shvedova’s power game through a smart and brilliant tennis that lead to a final 6-3, 6-0 score and quartefinals.
As for today’s opponent, the American Madison Brengle – latest Petra Kvitova’s offender, n.4 seed of the draw (0-6, 7-6(1), 6-3) – n.60 of WTA: Errani seems to take it back right where she left it and quickly sprints at 4-1, but later suffers a sudden and overwhelming fatigue to a leading to a first set black out. That is the time coach Pablo Lozano steps in and recharges her player back on: the consequence is super effective, as our warrior score a 5-games streak to level the match. Third and last set: Errani and Brengle transfigured into Muhammad Ali and Walt Frazier and start going at each other back and forth. The Dover native swings and hits hard as the Italian now stumbles on a 1-4 disadvantage but she is not willing to back down yet and gets back at her opponent with several left hand punches. Brengle is now on her knees while our Sarita la nostra Sarita senses her weakness and gets ready for the final round: a lethal uppercut right on the tip of the chin and “down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!“. A double fault and a triple gong. Lights out. Final score: 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Our Sarita comes back to compete into a Premier Semifinals after Toronto 2015 and does it again at the Dubai Duty Free Championships after 4 years! The road to her first Premier title will resume tomorrow at 2pm (local time) on Centre Court facing Elina Svitolina – who recently signed the legendary Justine Henin as her coach, and winner against Coco Vandeweghe: Sara won the only previous clash with the Ukranian on Paris’ indoor hardcourt in 2014 (6-2, 6-3).
It is not all: as one Premier semifinal was not enough, our champion went back out later on this afternoon and doubled it up alongside the Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro over the Chinese duo Xu/Zheng. The girls took action at 2-2 to get a break and set sail for the finish line. Final score: 6-4, 6-3. They will face Chia-Jung Chuang e Darjia Jurak tomorrow.
Here is today’s highlights for all those unique supporters who could not watch QFs live. HIGHLIGHTS (Errani v. Brengle):