Re: Sorana's sandbox tour on the clay - join for 2012!
R2: Sorana def. Dominguez-Lino 1-6 6-3 6-1
Sorana really made progress and matured a lot compared to some years ago, it never became clearer to me than while watching this match.
The 1st set was 2010 Sorana not instantly hitting everything out, but completely losing plot when she had to go to the net. Too many unforced errors in general and no composure made LiDL look unplayable for her.
Then somewhere in the middle of the 3rd set it made click, I don't know what it was, but she started to use her brain and voilà, she only lost one more game for the rest of the match attacking Lino's serve from the beginning and placing most of those returns nicely close to the lines or her opponent's body. She also gained much more confidence on the net throughout that match only missing one more overhead in the 3rd, othe than that she hit them nicely and made the right decisions, even using some great drop shots to take Lourdes out of position. Another honourable mention to her fitness. She was able to chase down most of LiDL's drop shots and place the counter shots deep and long so that in the end the Spaniard's junk had more or less 0 effect.
QF against Govortsova who is definitely beatable on clay if Sorana isn't too tired.