In any Grand Slam semi-final, be it the Open event or the Juniors, it is often will power that makes the difference between players. The eleventh seed Emma Laine was reminded of that fact today when she was beaten by the Russian Anna Tchakvetadze, 6-4, 6-2.
The left-handed Finn led the match until 3-1 in the first set, but she suddenly didn’t seem to cope with the way the Russian started to fire herself up loudly after every point. From that point, Emma Laine was not the only one coming to the net and hitting passing shots.
The 17-year-old Russian broke Laine’s service game and, by forcing the Finn to try audacious points along the lines, she eventually managed to lead 5-4. After Laine missed two break points, the Russian claimed the set 6-4 in 44 minutes.
Although the Russian still looked – and sounded – more like she was loosing than winning the match, she started the second set with a more confident game and broke Laine’s first service attempt. She was leading 2-0 when Laine came back 2-1. But the Russian was clearly leading the game, forcing the Finn to run after every point. Although Laine later broke back to 4-2, she never managed to play the good tennis she dispalyed at the very start.
The 16-year-old Russian, ranked 71st in the world, will play the Belgian Kristen Flipkens in her first Grand Slam final tomorrow.
Written by Gabrielle Chatelain