Tennis

First blood to Safarova

2012-11-03 17:02
Lucie Safarova (AFP Photo)
Prague - The Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova beat Serbia's Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-3 in the first Fed Cup final rubber here on Saturday to give the holders a 1-0 lead.

Safarova, the world number 17 and Czech number two, needed an hour and 41 minutes to sink world number 12 Ivanovic on the hardcourt of Prague's O2 Arena.

Ivanovic, a former world number one, never found the pace to match her left-handed rival, making 32 unforced errors against Safarova's 18.

Serbian number one Ivanovic was broken twice in both sets, letting Safarova improve her head-to-head winning streak to four victories.

"The key was to shake off the nervous feeling. I was improving through the match," Safarova said just after the game.

The turning point she added came "in the first set when I broke her and took a 5-2 lead.".

In the second rubber on Saturday, Czech number one Petra Kvitova, who is recovering from a cold that forced her to pull out of the WTA Championship last week, will face Serbia's number two Jelena Jankovic.

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