Safarova survives scare

Lucie Safarova, WTA Players

Lucie SafarovaEB2012Lucie Safarova sent brave Brit Heather Watson packing 7-6 6-1 to book her quarter-final berth.

The Czech Republic ace was fortunate to take the tiebreak 7-5 after trailing 4-1, but once her nerves had settled she brushed aside the 20-year-old from Guernsey in the opening Centre Court contest.

Watson explained:

It was a tough match. I didn’t serve as well as I wanted to. I was getting frustrated with it, and after that first set being up in the tiebreak and it being so close.

“My game kind of fell and I lost focus a bit. Before I knew it, it was already 4-1 in the tiebreak, then Lucie stepped up her game and didn’t give me anything after that.

“But I have had another few matches on grass, and I feel like I’m going to peak next week. I’m going to leave here with confidence, I’m feeling very ready for Wimbledon.”

She started the second set by breaking but failed to capitalise on taking an early lead, let down by her mediocre serving skills. And Watson faded after the disappointment of allowing the first set to slip from her grasp, despite a tenacious display.

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