Re: Around the world - and back into Top 50!!!
Monterrey R1: (3)Sorana Cîrstea def. Stefanie Voegele 6-3 2-6 7-5
The most nervwrecking sh*t I've seen for a long time and being a proven fan of headcases this has to mean something, but let's start off from the beginning.
Both players struggling on the return so either one held serve pretty easily, when Sorana was able to break for the first time, followed by an immediate rebreak, until she took her 2nd BP at 4-3 to break the Swiss for the second time and eventually serve it out with an ace. Also saved a couple of BPs in the run to consolidate her break lead.
Sorana got the early break, but was unable to hold serve for the rest of the set going from decent Top 50 level to club tennis in about 2 minutes, giving it kind of up in the end with the dumbest errrors for a while.
Sorana back to her 1st set level going up 3*-0 by a double break, saving a couple of BPs on the way, just to let it go back to 3-3. Then the comedy began. Sorana missing 2 BPs to go up a break again, so that Stefanie was able to hold with her 4th game in a row to 4-3. I thought it was over and nearly felt confirmed by following BPs on Sorana's serve after very sloppy errors, however she hit GOAT mode all of a sudden again hitting 2 crushing baseline winners and an ace to make it 4-4. She was able to maintain her confidence in the following return game hitting further winners, but benefitting from 2 Swiss DFs in the end, 1 on BP. At 5-4 30:30, she completely misstimed a return from Voegele which she already thought to be out, even going for the fistpump just to get broken with another terrible error to 5-5. I thought once again, too much fail, that's it and Steffi cruised to a fast 40-0 lead. But for another time, I underestimated random GOATrana coming up with a couple of beautiful strokes to make it from 40-0 to BP when Voegele dumped a forehand smash in front of the open court into the middle of the net. Heck, Sorana serving for the match again getting 2 MPs. But fitting the match, the 1st one got saved by a Voegele netcord, still Sorana was somehow able to take the match on the 2nd try releasing me from that mental torture.
Brilliant comedy, but messy match throughout. Sorana swinging between world class and utter crap within her regular 5 minute intervals. However, Voegele was probably the toughest opponent she has to face until the semis, so I hope this very ugly win can boost her confidence to make it another good tournament.