Toronto: Lucie Safarova stopped in QF by Stephens

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This is a tough one: despite serving for the match at 5-4 in the last set, Lucie could not convert her 3 match points and lost her quarterfinals to Sloane Stephens (2-6, 6-1, 5-7). This was a very high quality match on both sides with long battling rallies.  Lucie’s former coach, Rob Steckley was in her box during the quarterfinals, with her sparring partner, Andy Gerst. 

Lucie Safarova stopped in Toronto by Stephens. Rob Steckley was in Lucie's box.

On the positive side, Lucie produced some of her best tennis all week long in Toronto, beating Françoise Abanda (6-4, 6-4), Dominika Cibulkova (6-2, 6-4) and Ekaterina Makarova (6-3, 6-7, 6-2).  Safarova’s shot against Cibulkova was nominated shot of the day:
 

Lucie has been in a great form since she started the grass season a few weeks ago and we wish her all the best for the next tournaments. She should move up the ranking to reach WTA #36 as from Monday.

Lucie is still in Toronto  to compete in doubles with Barbora Strycova. They will play their quarterfinals this Saturday and Lucie could even become the new World number 1 in doubles if the pair reaches the final. 

Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova reach the quaterfinals in Toronto

 

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  1. Jamie says:

    I’m so sad for Lucie that she couldn’t win despite playing a superb tennis 🙁 Sloane played great but Lucie really should have won one of these match points.
    Still, quarter-finals is a good result even if she deserves better.
    Thanks for some fantastic matches and best of luck for the doubles, Lucie! Soon the world #1!

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