Rika is having BY FAR the best result of her career! Some incredible wins so far!
IN THE QUALIFYING
She beat Cohen Aloro 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 and then she took out Czink 6-3, 6-2
IN THE MAIN DRAW
She took out Jidkova 6-3, 6-3 in the first round. Up until then, probably her best career win as Jidkova is a very talented player! Then the big one, she took out the 17 Schiavone 6-3, 7-6(5)!! Incredible! Now she plays Benesova! She should be able to take out Benesova in this kind of form!!
The most remarkable thing about this run is that she usually chokes at big moments. Here she's fought back as usual but then has been able to close them out!! That should be huge for her confidence!! This is why I expect her to take out Benesova but who knows! Then she could play Kuznetsova and we could possibly see her on TV!
GREAT RUN FOR RIKA!!! Her ranking will move up to 219 after this tournament already so let's hope for another win and crack the top 100 for the first time. She's already near a career high!
Go Ai, Venus, Na, Tamarine!