Singles Main Draw
Julie Saville AUS vs. Kerstin Van Evangelizaan ZIM
[Alt]Brigitte Beaulieu FRA vs. Astrid Haas AUT
[WC]Frederikke Roenholt DEN vs. Katie O'Donald GBR
Melissa Dorfmeister AUT vs. Nunziatella Androsciani ITA
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A new junior player is making waves this week. Brigitte Beaulieu, an alternate into the tournament, wasted no chances in doing some damage as she started off with a win against Astrid Haas, finishing her off comfortably 6-3 and 6-1.
"I wasn't sure what to expect when I heard who I was playing first but thankfully, that didn't hinder me at all.
Beaulieu, at 5'7, moves quite well and used her movement and precise groundstrokes to frustrate Haas into a flurry of errors.
In the semifinals, Brigitte Beaulieu had the luck of playing the #1 seed, Julie Saville of Australia.
"I watched her hit before but I didn't really stay long to watch that."
In the first set, it was apparent that Saville's strategy was to hit her off the court with her big forehand and first serve. However, Beaulieu was able to block back the powerful first serves and able to play the point, moving the Australian side to side before forcing the error, eventually winning it 6-3.
In the second set, things began pretty horribly for the French girl, losing four straight games.
"I didn't know what to do. I started missing a lot of first serves and she would attack. I think mentally, I kind of got distracted and lost focus."
After smashing one racket, the French girl started to reclaim that form that took her the first set against a very experienced opponent and using her comfort on clay courts to bring it back on serve. They would each hold serve and a tiebreak would be inevitable.
Unlike recent events, the tiebreak would go against serve each time until it was 5-5 when Beaulieu would hit an angled forehand crosscourt passing shot to set up match point.
A backhand into net after a fierce rally would give Beaulieu the match and a chance to play in the finals against the #2 seeded player, Nunziatella Androsciani.
"I'm not that familiar with her to be honest but I hope I win! I know she's been dominating her opponents so it will obviously be really tough."
Jun 21st, 2012, 05:58 PM
Congrats Brigitte :hearts:
Jun 21st, 2012, 06:10 PM
Thank you! Hope the final goes well :spit: Everytime I write an article, I jinx myself.
Jun 21st, 2012, 06:16 PM
You better be :scared:
Jun 21st, 2012, 06:19 PM
Ya Nunziatella has been destroying everyone. :sobbing:
Jun 21st, 2012, 06:20 PM
Who is the beauty representing Brigitte?
Jun 22nd, 2012, 09:16 AM
Nunziatella Androsciani def. [Alt]Brigitte Beaulieu 6-3, 7-6(5)
Nunzia has been sweeping the courts with her opponents here. Brigitte was the only one who put up a decent fight but the Italian was too strong for her French neighbour.