Re: LUX R2:Sabbs d. Hercog 76 64
This was about an up and coming 20 year old future star against an 18 year old power player named Hercog. This match was as thrilling as it can get. Both players were at the top of their game. It was power vs power.
Sabine scored a point in game 4 set 2 on a play where it appeared that Hercog had hit an apparent winner over the head of Lisicki reaching the baseline. Sabine, who is a fabulous retriever ran it down and hit a shot down the line over the head of Hercog for a winner. That was clearly the play of the tournament. It would give Lisicki a 3-1 lead in set 2.
Sabine had to face 4 aces in Hercog's ist service game in game 2, although Hercog was given credit for only 3, but it was really 4. In game 2 set 1 Hercog saved 5 break points taking a 2-0.
Lisicki came back winning the next 3 games including game 5 holding at Love to take a 3-2lead. However, Hercog was about to present more headaches for Lisicki. Lisicki had 2 break points in game 6, but Hercog held to tie the match at 3-3.
Lisicki had problems with DF's in this match totalling around 7, but in game 7 of the ist set Sabine cranked up 2 Aces and 1 unreturned serve to take a 4-3 lead. Both players continued to hold with the match tied at 5-5.
Lisicki saved 4 break points in her next service game before finally succumbing to Hercog.Sabine never looked worried at any point of the match. The undaunted Lisicki broke Hercog at Love to send the match to a tiebreaker. Lisicki wasted no time winning the tiebreaker 7-1, although Hercog gave Lisicki everything she could handle in set 1.
Lisicki took a 2-1 lead in the 2nd set as Hercog coughed up 2 DF's in the 3rd game. The rest of the match each player held serve. Both players played beautifully in a match that was more like a title match.