Dubai, Feb 20 (IANS) Italian star Sara Errani and Ukranian Barbora Strycova won their semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2016 against Elina Svitolina and Caroline Garcia, respectively.
Errani ended the winning streak of 21-year-old Elina Svitolina from Ukraine 6-4, 6-4 on Friday, reports Xinhua.
Errani, 28, who ranks 22nd in the WTA, told Xinhua after the quarter-finals that she does not think too much of the game or the set, “but I always fight for the next point and fight for every ball.”
France’s Caroline Garcia, ranked 15th, and Strycova, ranked 48th, delivered a breathtaking semi-final on the center court of the not very crowded Dubai Duty Free Tennis stadium at the Aviation Club which the Ukrainian won 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Strycova, dressed completely in yellow, said after the match: “In the last games I threw all my energy on the court. I made three good services and it is amazing to be in the final. I had nothing to lose.”
“I will give my best and I try to enjoy it. I still have energy left in my legs,” she said.
Strycova, aged 29 and 10 centimeters smaller than her 1.74 meter tall French opponent, fell to the ground in the third set at 1-1 for a net fight, but managed to keep her spirit and playing speed high throughout the match.