All-Lefty Final in Québec
Published September 19, 2009 11:59
QUÉBEC CITY, Canada - The semifinals of the Bell Challenge took to the indoor hardcourts of the PEPS Laval University Campus on Saturday, with two Sony Ericsson WTA Tour stars remaining to duke it out for the title.
The first player into the final was No.4 seed Lucie Safarova, who eased past No.8 seed Julia Goerges, 63 62. Safarova faced eight break points during the one-hour, 17-minute brawl but saved them all, converting on three or her own six chances to beat the German in their first career meeting.
"I'm really happy because this is my first final this year. I feel like I'm playing pretty good and you always feel good when you're winning!" Safarova said. "I'm a little tired now but I will be fine for the final tomorrow. I just hope I'll be ready to play my best against either one of my potential opponents."
Safarova will be playing in her seventh career final on the Tour, going 4-2 in her first six finals with titles coming at Estoril and Forest Hills in 2005, Gold Coast in 2006 and Forest Hills in 2008. She has been a runner-up at 's-Hertogenbosch in 2005 (to Klara Zakopalova) and Paris [Indoors] in 2007 (to Nadia Petrova).
Goerges fell to 0-3 lifetime in semifinals on the Tour.
The second semifinal, pitting No.3 seed Aleksandra Wozniak against No.5 seed Melinda Czink, took place at night. It was the away team who won that one, as Czink beat Quebec native Wozniak in straight sets, 63 63.
"I definitely feel I stepped it up tonight. I had to - Aleks is a great player, and I knew I had to go for it to beat her. I couldn't rely on her making mistakes," Czink said. "The score made it look a little easy but the match really wasn't. I had to be tough and concentrate for every point. I'm happy I was able to win."
Czink will be playing her second career singles final on the Tour. In her first, at Canberra in January 2005, she was a runner-up to Ana Ivanovic.
Safarova and Czink, ranked No.50 and No.52, will be meeting for the first time.