First Title in Sight for Surprise Finalists
Published May 07, 2010 12:00
ESTORIL, Portugal - After upsetting seeded opponents in semifinal action, unseeded Arantxa Parra Santonja and Anastasija Sevastova will each be playing in their first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour finals on Saturday and therefore, one of them will come away with their first title.
Parra Santonja, who failed to advance past the first round in four previous appearances here, had the easier time of it Friday, eliminating No.2 seed Sorana Cirstea, 61 64, in her first match all week that was not extended to three sets. During the win, the 300th of her career, Parra Santonja trailed 4-2 in the second set before closing out the match with four straight games.
"I was trying to play solid without many mistakes, because she was hitting very hard, and that was the difference," said Parra Santonja, who had been 0-3 in semifinals during her decade on Tour until Friday. "It's my first time in a final and I'm very happy. I'll just keep trying to enjoy myself and try my best."
As for Sevastova, she was pushed by seventh-seeded Peng Shuai, but survived, 67(6) 61 63.
"I'm really happy to be in the first final of my career," said Sevastova, who lost her only previous Tour semifinal earlier this year in Monterrey. "I've never played Arantxa but tomorrow we'll see who is better on that day. I'll try my best."
"She's playing very well," Parra Santonja said of Sevastova. "She has beaten some very good players and she's having a good year, so it will be tough, just like every match I've had this week! I think it will be a nice final - I hope it's going to be!"
Peng is blogging from Estoril this week - read the blog here!
All was not lost on Friday for Cirstea, as after her defeat to Parra Santonja, she and Anabel Medina Garrigues downed Vesna Manasieva and Ioana Raluca Olaru in straight sets to advance to Saturday's doubles final against Vitalia Diatchenko and Aurélie Védy.