One Finalist Found, One to Go
Published July 24, 2010 12:00
BAD GASTEIN, Austria - Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky won through to her second Sony Ericsson WTA Tour final, recovering from a slow start on Saturday to down Yvonne Meusburger at the Nürnburger Gastein Ladies, 16 64 63.
The $220,000 International event's No.2 seed, who won her first Tour title at Luxembourg last year, will next face either Alizé Cornet or Julia Goerges. Their semifinal was eventually postponed due to rain, meaning an early start on Sunday morning, with the winner having to back up for the final in the afternoon.
Bacsinszky lost all four service games in the opening set against 2007 runner-up Meusburger, who prevailed when the pair met at the Australian Open in January. But after saving two break points at 5-4 in the second set the Swiss drew level.
The final set was played in increasingly damp conditions. Leading 4-3 with a break, but facing double break point, Bacsinszky left the court briefly, concerned it was too slippery to carry on. Persuaded by the umpire to continue, she duly won that game and promptly broke Meusburger with a return winner on her first match point.
"She was really pumped up in the beginning - she didn't miss a lot and was running down everything," said Bacsinszky. "She was mixing the rhythm really well. I was making the game but I was missing too much.
"I was not expecting a final this week, to be honest," she added. "I've been strapping my leg all week and was tired when I arrived here. But I decided to play every match as if I was the challenger and not the second seed and it has worked. Whoever I play in the final will be tough, but I'm really happy to be there."
Although Cornet and Goerges were stymied by the weather, one other match was completed - albeit indoors. In a doubles semifinal, fourth seeded Bacsinszky and Tathiana Garbin beat top seeds Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 75 26 108. They face Lucie Hradecka and Anabel Medina Garrigues in Sunday's final.