Medina & Lisicki Round Out Semifinals In Bali
Published November 04, 2011 12:00
BALI, Indonesia - It may not have come the way she wanted but Anabel Medina Garrigues snapped an 18-match losing streak against Top 10 players Friday, saving match points in the second set then winning by retirement over Marion Bartoli at the Commonwealth Bank Tournament Of Champions.
Having lost all four of their previous hardcourt meetings in straight sets, Medina Garrigues did well to keep close with the top-seeded Bartoli, dropping a 48-minute first set but building a 5-2 lead in the second set. Bartoli came back to push it to a tie-break and held two match points at 6-5 and 7-6, but she double faulted on the second match point and ended up losing the breaker, 9-7.
"Even when I lost the first set I felt I was playing well, and in the second set I made maybe two unforced errors," Medina Garrigues said. "We were playing a very good match. It was about two and a half hours for just two sets, which is very close for indoors. I was hitting the ball really well. I never felt she could win the points easily. It was one of my best matches of the year, for sure."
After losing serve in the first game of the third set Bartoli retired due to a right ankle injury, giving Medina Garrigues a 46 76(7) 10 retirement victory.
"On one of Anabel's drop shots in the second set breaker, I felt like my ankle got blocked and my whole body went forward on it," Bartoli said. "It hurt a few seconds after. When I got to match point I struggled to put any weight on it, then I double faulted, and everything fell apart from there. But even if I won match point I don't think I would have been able to play tomorrow."
"It was a little sad to finish like that," Medina Garrigues added. "I feel bad for Marion. Hopefully with holidays now she can recover and be better soon."
Medina Garrigues' record against Top 10 players might be something she would rather forget - she is now 4-37 against them, her previous three wins coming at 2005 New Haven (No.5 Elena Dementieva), 2007 Strasbourg (No.5 Amélie Mauresmo) and 2008 Zürich (No.8 Vera Zvonareva, by retirement as well).
In the last quarterfinal match of the week, No.3 seed Sabine Lisicki restored order to the tournament with a 75 62 win over Daniela Hantuchova. With all the other three seeds losing, Lisicki seemed to be on the way to joining them as Hantuchova got to set point at 5-4 in the first set, but Lisicki blasted a huge forehand winner to save it and never fell behind the rest of the match.
"I hadn't played a lot of matches in the last few weeks, and not everything was going my way, but I kept fighting," Lisicki said. "Daniela and I always have long, good rallies. At the end of the day I made the important points and that's what counts - to come out on top in such a good match is really nice."
Lisicki and Medina Garrigues will be playing each other for the first time.
"I've never played Anabel before, so I'll have to see how the first couple of games go," Lisicki commented. "Obviously I'm going to go in playing my game and fighting for every point, but I'll also have to see how she is playing."
Both semifinals will take the indoor courts of Bali on Saturday afternoon.