Safarova Beats Ivanovic To Seal Maiden Grand Slam Final Berth
Lucie Safarova is going through a dream phase in her career during this edition at the Roland Garros. The 28-year-old Czech defeated Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic in straight sets to make it to her maiden Grand Slam finals. The 13th seed Safarova also becomes the first Czech woman to appear in the finals at the Roland Garros in 34 years. The Czech has also reached the doubles semi-final.
Down 5-2 in the first set, Safarova bounced back to win it 7-5 on Thursday. Ivanovic, the 2008 French open champion, dominated in the initial phase of the game but Safarova notched up five straight games to win 7-5 7-5.
“It is a dream come true. I cannot believe it,” said Safarova.
“I started slowly but tried to keep up the level and play really aggressively because that was the only way to win.”
Hana Mandlikova was the last Czech woman to win the title at the Roland Garros in 1981. Safarova, who lost last year’s Wimbledon semifinals, now faces the stiff challenge of top-seeded Serena Williams in the finals. Safarova, a late bloomer, needs to overturn a dismal 0-8 losing record against Williams to emulate the footsteps of Mandlikova.
“I mean Serena is number one in the world, great player. So whoever will be there, I will just go there and play my game and obviously try and get the trophy.” Lucie Safarova said after reaching the finals.