Great win for Storay against the Dubai Champions. Didn't start off too well down a pair of breaks, they were down 0-3 early doors but won 4 games in a row then games were on serve till the tie break. Storay had 2 serves to serve out the TB at 5-2 but ended losing the tie break 10-8
They broke early in the second but neither team held serve till 2-2. Storay won the next 3 games but Lisa was broken at 5-2 while serving for the set throwing in a DF in the process. They broke again to clinch the set 6-3.
The TB was one way traffic till 5-0 then it got a tad messy @ 8-3 when Lisa was serving to close the match out. She double faulted to bring the TB to 8-4 then the score board froze. I think they won the next point to go 9-4. The scoreboard then refreshed to show Storay winning the TB 10-6. So I think at 9-6 (apparently the best rally of the match based on eye witness account), it was Sam who served it out so thats a good thing
Judging from twitter feeds, it was a really cold day - so not the most conducive weather for tennis - someone tweeted a photo of Sam on court and she was wearing long sleeves (ala Charleston vs Venus) - so it has to be really bad. Quality wise it looks to be a more competitive match and better quality match than the Doha one. The DFs were mostly Lisa - I think Sam only served one double - during the first game of the match - her serve seem to be working better after the first set.
Someone on twitter was actually at the match and had this to say about Storay's performance:
"Very good together. I am not sure why 2nd set momentum picked up. They had BMS/Mirza chasing them and lagged. Coming together now."
"Lights just came on. Best rally of match. 9-6. Wicked."
Good for Sam to get a competitive match in and starting off her IW campaign with a win going into the match tomorrow. Hopefully we find a stream - its on the main court so presumably there would be one.