Roland Garros 2011: What a fight!

Sara played one of the most hard-fought matches of her career, but she beat Christina McHale in the first round of Roland Garros: 6-7, 6-2, 9-7. In the first set, Sara was 5-2 up, but she couldn’t close it out. In the third set however, McHale was 5-0 up, and game after game, Sara came back in the match. At 5-4, McHale even had two matchpoints on Sara’s serve, but she didn’t take them. At 6-5, Sara had two matchpoints, but she also failed to take them. At 8-7, Sara finally closed out the match to score her first-ever win at Roland Garros.

Overall, Sara played a pretty good match. Her serve was going well, and she got a lot of balls back, despite being slightly overpowered. She only had some trouble closing out points, and she wasn’t always strong mentally – when McHale took a medical time out, she got confused, and when she got angry when McHale twice didn’t show her the new balls she was gonna serve with. But of course, coming back from 0-5 down, we shouldn’t even think about her not being mentally strong. Such a fight!

In the second round, Sara will play against Daniela Hantuchova, but first she’ll play first round doubles tomorrow. With Roberta Vinci, she’ll take on Gallovits-Hall and Kerber.

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