Her Olympics debut could not be better! In fact, our warrior is the only Italian survivor in Singles draw and also keeps the Doubles competition alive with the help of her fellow Roberta Vinci!
There is no obstacle too great, no challenge too difficult that can stop our Sara Errani from chasing her medal dream. The first and last set ever taken against her wasn’t enough for the WTA’s n.23, Kiki Bertens, to jeopardize the Italian’s path to glory. There has been no sign whatsoever of fear in Sara’s eyes throughout the whole match, as she executed a perfect comeback to enter Round 2. Final score: 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Furthermore, in addition to the legendary performance of their compatriots that granted Team Italy the 2nd position in Rio’s medal tally, our Cichi’s didn’t miss the chance to contribute, and finally brought a great win home by excluding the German team composed by Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic. In fact, the Career Grand Slam holders showed on Court8 fully geared up to a magnificent display of strength. Final score: 6-2, 6-2.
Some more good news came from the next court, where one of the 2 Czech Republic’s teams – Strycova/Safarova – defeated the Cichi’s pet peeve from their own side of the draw: the Williams sisters. Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci will now face China’s Xu and Zheng.
Sarita will step on court today – 4th match on Court7 starting from 11am local time. Unfortunateyl, the match is not TV-covered – against one more war-ready opponent: Barbora Strycova, n.16 seed in the Olympic draw. The Czech, n.21 overall in world rankings, reached R2 over Yanina Wickmayer (7-6(6), 6-1). She trails in head-to-head records, as our Sara Errani won 6/7, including the most recent and important match, that crowned her the 2016 WTA Premier title in Dubai (ndr. 6-0, 6-2).