Sara is in the quarterfinals in Tokyo. In the 2nd round she played against Johanna Larsson, and although it didn’t come easily, especially in the 2nd set, she won in straight sets: 6-3, 7-6.
In the 3rd round Sara played against Marion Bartoli. She lost the first set 3-6, but regrouped in the second set. She lost service twice, but broke Bartoli no less than 4 times: 6-2 to Sara. The 3rd set went on serve until 3-2, but then Bartoli lost her serve twice in a row, and Sara won the set and the match: 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
“She played very well in the first set but the first few games of the second set were very tight, and I think she was a bit more tired after those – I started to play better from there,” Sara said after the match. “I was trying to play a lot of different shots, like some high balls then some short balls too, and I think I made it difficult for her. Today it was important to play my own game. She hits very hard, and if you start to do the same it’s very difficult because she plays that game very well.” Sara also admitted she is tired after the long season and the many matches, but, “I want to keep winning so I can make the WTA Championships. I need to keep winning matches because I haven’t qualified, and it’s a very big motivation for me, even though it has been a very long year and I’m tired!”
In the quarterfinal Sara will play against Nadia Petrova. Their only previous meeting came at the Australian Open this year, and Sara won 6-2, 6-2.
You can find some pictures from Tokyo in the photogallery.