Safarova Stays Alive, Wozniacki Up Next

Lucie Safarova came back from 61 40 down to reach the final of the e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open.

Published June 11, 2011 12:00

Safarova Stays Alive, Wozniacki Up Next
Lucie Safarova

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Rallying from a set down to win was the norm for her this week, but coming from 61 40 down? Lucie Safarova pulled off the most amazing of her Copenhagen comebacks Saturday, denying 20-year-old Petra Martic her first WTA final with a come-from-behind 16 64 62 win.

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Martic, who withdrew prior to her first WTA semifinal earlier this year due to a GI illness, came out on fire, winning 10 of the first 11 games of the match to build the 61 40 lead. But it was not to be - the No.4-seeded Safarova had bounced back from one set deficits in all her other matches this week and did it again.

"I'm excited to be in another final, and it brings me even more happiness when I've come through such a tough semifinal," Safarova said. "I haven't been able to get my rhythm in the beginning of my matches here, but I find it in the second set. It's a tough way to keep winning but as long as I'm winning, I'm happy!"

Caroline Wozniacki followed Safarova into the final in much simpler fashion, dispatching German qualifier Mona Barthel in 62 minutes, 61 62. The No.1-ranked, No.1-seeded Dane is now 9-0 lifetime here, having gone 5-0 to win the title last year and 4-0 so far this year. She hasn't lost a set this year.

"I felt really good out there today," Wozniacki said. "I'm really pleased to be in the final, my seventh final of the year. Every day it's packed here and all the people are coming to watch me play and support me. It's great to play here."

Safarova won her only previous meeting against Wozniacki, a 64 64 decision in the early rounds of the clay court event in Stuttgart last year. In that match, Safarova lost just 13 points in 10 service games - she was never pushed to deuce in any of those service games. The Czech broke once per set.

"It'll be a little bit different playing against a lefty, especially on the return of serve," Wozniacki said. "But it'll be fun and I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Wozniacki is 16-10 in career WTA finals, while Safarova is 4-5.

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