Another amazing win for Lena tonight - she knows how to win those 3rd set tiebreakers
I don't think words can express how impressive that victory was - how can you watch that match and not adore Lena's fighting spirit? She looked like the #1 player in the world in the first set, then after many setbacks, gets herself back into a winning position in the third set, only to get broken twice, once serving for the match. But most of us probably expected her to lose serve and win the tiebreak right?
Even down match point I somehow knew she would pull it out. I have to admit, though, that it didn't stop me from screaming so much that I had to close the windows so that the neighbors would not think I was insane.
I don't post much, but my admiration for Lena just grows each and every match. I have many favorite players, but at this point there is no question I am rooting for Lena to win the title (and Kim C was a favorite of mine ever since she started on tour).
I got a chance to watch her live the first week at the US Open, and even against Chakvetadze when she served 20 double faults, she never once got negative or down on herself (and I was sitting about 5 feet from the court, so I could tell) - it almost seemed like she knew she would win in the end. And I love how she has a huge smile at the end of every match, even in the first round, no matter what the score - she really appreciates the moment.
Lena is like one of those tragic heroines from a movie -- we all know she has serving issues, but I think it actually makes her more likable and fun to watch (in addition to nerveracking of course
Anyway, I think this story will have a happy ending this year. This is Lena's year -- Pierce, Sharpova, and Clijsters are all beatable.
Sorry for the rambling... so happy Lena got through this match!!