Erakovic and Safarova reach final
Updated: Sunday, 15 Sep 2013 09:09
Third seed Lucie Safarova fought back from a set down to reach the final of the Bell Challenge in Quebec City, where she will face Marina Erakovic.
Safarova, a wild card for the tournament, recovered from being broken twice in the first set to beat Canadian fifth seed Eugenie Bouchard 3-6 6-3 6-2.
The Czech served eight aces as she gradually asserted her authority on the match, with a solitary break in the second set and two in the third enough to see her through.
Sixth seed Erakovic overpowered Christina McHale's serve, forcing 14 break points in just nine games against the American and taking six of them.
Four of those came in a first set in which only three of the 10 games went with serve, and the New Zealander broke twice more in the second to wrap up a 6-4 6-3 victory in an hour and 44 minutes.
"It was very see-saw in the first set," Erakovic said on www.wtatennis.com. "I managed to keep clawing back, though, and as I was getting more and more comfortable on the court, I felt like I really needed to just keep lifting my game.
"I managed to take that first set and from there I did really well - I was hitting some really big forehands and moving better and better. I was feeling really good in that stretch of the match.
"She started to play better at the end and made life more difficult, but I'm happy how I finished."
Croatia-born Erakovic's only previous singles title on the WTA Tour came in Memphis in February of this year, when opponent Sabine Lisicki retired due to illness after one set of the final.
Safarova, meanwhile, is seeking her first title of the season and the fifth of her career.