Safarova Meltdown Puts Na in Rogers Cup Final vs. Kvitova
If there's anyone who's probably hating tennis right about now, it's Lucie Safarova. The 16th-seeded Czech was one game away from upsetting 10th-seed Li Na and earning a place under the lights in the Rogers Cup final tonight against Petra Kvitova.
But her 5-1 lead in the third set in yesterday's semi-final evaporated into a 7-5 deficit after Safarova got complacent and waited for the 2011 French Open champion to make mistakes. Li advanced, winning 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
"I was thinking she made a lot of mistakes in the games before, and I just didn't put enough pressure and she used that situation to turn it over," said Safarova.
I'll say. Li won six games in a row while Safarova produced all the unforced errors. Safarova said she let the match slip away.
That's tennis -- until the last point, it's not finished. I should have gone for it more, taken more risks, and tried to go for winners, not wait for her mistakes."
Li, meanwhile, wasn't thinking about winning or losing. She was just focused on keeping the ball in play. "This is tennis," she said. "You put the ball back in the court and over the net. It looks easy, but sometimes I couldn't do it."
Sounds like she took a lesson from the classic baseball film, "Bull Durham." "You throw the ball, you hit the ball, you catch the ball." No lollygagging.