ROCKFORD — Kelly Liggan turns 27 today.
If she was looking for an early gift from No. 5 seed Stephanie DuBois in Saturday’s semifinal of the SwedishAmerican Tennis Classic, she came to the wrong place.
“Thanks for the birthday present,” Liggan said after losing 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 to the defending champion in two hours.
It was the first three-setter for Liggan this week.
“And I was feeling it in the third,” she said. “She’s very confident on these courts, and when you play with confidence you can do anything.”
DuBois only seemed to get stronger after the second set, finishing off Liggan on match point with three straight blistering backhands to her backhand and a fourth backhand that hugged the forehand line.