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Safarova gets Schiavone

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Thursday, 11 February 2010 at 18:08
Two years after losing her final against Nadia Petrova, Lucie Safarova will once again take her chances in the quarterfinals at the Open GDF SUEZ following her win against number 4 seed Francesca Schiavone, 7-5, 6-2.  

Italy thought they had a pretty good chance of reaching this Sunday's final at the Open GDF SUEZ. If Francesca Schiavone had made it to the quarterfinals, the lower part of the draw would have been three-quarters Italian. But Lucie Safarova, who is getting back a good game, got there first, keeping the World N° 18 from joining compatriots Flavia Pennetta and Tathiana Garbin in the event's Top 8. The Czech, who has already lost twice to Schiavone Thursday afternoon after a solid match. (7-5, 6-2).

It all happened in the first set. The two players made even exchanges, to the delight of a satisfied Parisian crowd. Schiavone alternated massive lifts and slices while Safarova managed to get the Italian moving with profound and sure shots. Although the two opponents were neck to neck until 5-5, just then the Czech, down to 46th World after having been 22nd in August 2007, stood apart. A winning backhand on her behalf, a double fault and lengthy backhand slice from Schiavone allowed her to break. A confirmed advantage after a close match, and she finally concluded with a winning forehand (7-5).

Now free, Safarova, Open GDF SUEZ 2007 finalist against Nadia Petrova, unwinds in the second set in front of a demobilized Schiavone. At the first match point, she finishes (6-2) and treats herself to a handsome performance at the expense of Number 4 seed after 1h25 of play. Friday, she will attempt to grab a spot in the semi-finals against Israel 's Shahar Peer, who earlier defeated Karolina Sprem. If she plays like she did today, she has a pretty good chance of matching her achievement from two years ago. Or of surpassing it...

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