Sunday, January 25, 2009

Australian Open: Dodgy Safina Saves Match Points to Reach Quarterfinals

Melbourne's third seed, Dinara Safina, gave us a taste of her unbelievable comebacks from last year's French Open where she reached the finals, when she turned around a double-break deficit, to squeeze past Alize Cornet 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

I saw the first set of the match, where Safina cruised to a 5-0 lead before she allowed Cornet to break her and make it 5-2, but the Russian managed to break again and win the first set. Safina's game then totally fell apart in the second set and by the third, I assumed she was going to lose, but somehow she broke back and snatched the win from Cornet's teeth, to reach the quarters where she faces Australia's returning hero, Jelena Dokic.

Here's what Safina told ESPN after her match:


hcfoo said...

Hi Reem, I still can't believe Dokic can come this far. But her real ability and talent will be tested soon. If she can beat Safina, I'll be really impressed. Other wise, I think Dinara is the favourite to win and make it to the semifinals.

Reem said...

Yes I think Dinara can win the whole thing actually.... but she's gotta work on her crazy nerves.
Great run from Dokic of course... Really impressive.. finally some good news for the australians..