Yes, indeed both matches were very long. As in yesterday's singles matches, again today's singles final was full of incident.
Galina Fokina looked very restless right from the start. She changed her racket at both 1-2 up and 3-3 in the first set. I thought she looked a little ill. It was no surprise then that she complained of a bad headache (and later on, slightly blurry vision, I think) at 4-5 up.
However, she somehow managed to win the first set despite this. At this point, Ondraskova decided to take a time-out to get some new strapping for her leg.
I thought this break might help Galina recover too. Unfortunately it didn't, she played a very poor second set and her mind was clearly concerned with her headache more than her tennis.
It was brave of Fokina to somehow drag the final set out before losing 7-5. I was very disappointed for Galina today, as I think her performance would have been much better (possibly a winning one) if she had been fully fit.
However congratulations to Zuzana on a very good performance, like yesterday her speed around the court was superb.
About the doubles, I feel both partnerships can be very pleased with their performances today. Considering they are both pretty new combinations, the level of teamwork & understanding was outstanding on both sides.
Today, I thought the pairs were fairly equally matched, but Crook and Sun (especially Sun) were quicker to tire, while Syssoeva and Mihalache were showing few signs of fatigue even at the end of three long sets