Lucie Safarova through to her first Grand Slam final!

Any nerves that the Serbian Ana Ivanovic may have had going into the match were quickly settled as held and broke serve for a 2-0 lead against Lucie Safarova after a poor volley at the net from the Czech player. Another error from Safarova early on and Ana Ivanovic consolidated her break for a 3-0 lead. Safarova managed to get on the board for 1-3 but couldn’t put the Ivanovic serve under pressure with her forward being lethal in the opening 5 games with 4 magnificent winners off it to take a 4-1 lead. Ana continued to hold serve well but at 5-3 and serving for the set she did come under pressure at 15-30 which was followed by 15-40 after a forehand into the net giving Safarova break points. Safarova managed to get the second break point after an excellent return of serve set up an overhead at the net which she dispatched for 4-5. An ace from Safarova helped set up game which point which she converted and then created two more break point chances on the Ana Ivanovic serve and another error from Ivanovic and from 3-5 Safarova suddenly led 6-5 and would serve for the opening set. What a turnaround from Lucie Safarova who nullified the Ivanovic forehand in the last 3 or 4 games of the set to take the first set 7-5!

Ana put the first set disappointment behind her to hold from 30-30 producing some excellent winners and pressured Safarova on serve but the Czech resisted the break points to level for 1-1. A sliced backhand wide from Ana Ivanovic and the match continued to get away from her as Lucie broke for a 2-1 which was followed by 3-1 after a love hold and looked well on her way to her first Grand Slam final! Safarova continued to be solid on serve with her forehand causing the damage now and led 5-4 and would serve for a place in her first ever Grand Slam final! As expected the nerves were about to kick in for Safarova who went 0-30 down to 30-30 and then double faulted for 30-40 giving a break point to Ivanovic who couldn’t convert on a second serve return faking the game to deuce! Match point came and went for Safarova and on break point a Safarova shot hit the top of the net and went wide gifting the break back at 5-5. Another break of serve followed and for the second time Lucie Safarova would serve for a place in the final. At the second time of asking Lucie had no problem serving out the match finishing with a forehand winner to secure he play in Roland Garros 2015 Final!


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