Diyas-Begu (first 5 games, tiebreak, whole 2nd set)
Begu’s forehand somewhat reminds me of Barthel’s and from the beginning, she tried dominating with it but her shots were way too inconsistent. In the first 5 games Zarina didn’t hit a singe winner, but she hit two right away when I came back during the tiebreak but it was Begu’s errors that lost her the set. Zarina began hitting her forehand harder in the 2nd set but that didn’t last long because Begu kept making errors so Zarina switched back to just being solid. But at 1-4, Begu raised her level of play and eventually got it to 5-5 after saving match points on which both, Zarina was way too passive. It got to a tiebreak though and again Zarina was just too consistent for Begu, who really didn’t have the best attitude, despite fighting hard. I didn’t realize what a pusher Zarina can be. Begu can really flatten it out well on either side (more so fh) when she wants to.