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Chinese No.1 Li Na won a lost cause in the semifinal of the Rogers Cup as she campe back from 5-1 in the deciding set to finally win the match 3-6,6-3,7-5 against Lucie Safarova from the Czech Republic.
In a largely uneventful first set, Lucie Safarova came out on top after getting the all important break of serve in the eighth game of the set. Having had the advantage of serving first, Safarova closed out the set in just about half an hour, playing some very good tennis. Li on the other hand put in a decent effort, but was definitely second best in it. On serve, Safarova won 13 out of her 14 first serve points, which turned out to be decisive.
The tide changed in the second set, as Li turned it on. Safarova put in a relatively listless performance in the set. She looked a bit over confident in that set to begin with and the Chinese capitalised as she broke in the fourth game. From then on in the former French Open champion never let the Czech have a sniff and set us up for a deciding set. Li had an impressive first serve percentage of 76 in that set.
The third set was extraordinary, Safarova got an early break and rolled into a seemingly insurmountable 5-1lead, but that is when the Chinese former French Open champion woke up and started to fight back. And in a blink of an eye, we had gotten two breaks and the score 5-5. Li Na then accelerated into top gear and closed out the match winning 7-5.
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