This is the best match I have played on grass since I won the title.
As so often happens for the underdogs in such matches, falling behind seemed to lift the weight from Smitkova’s shoulders.
She played well at every single moment. I gave it my
all. Sometimes it’s not enough. It’s a shame there had to be a loser and
more of a shame that it had to be me. This was a great match for me.
But the battle is always more enjoyable when you win.
...I think I did great today with mental. It wasn't easy actually.
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
Then the momentary distraction from above she was looking for. A trio of
pigeons decided to land on the Slovak’s side of the court and were in
no hurry to shift. She had to chase them away swirling her racket three
times before a giggling Safarova could serve.
If I want to break her, I have to win every point I can play.
I need to play some matches before the big one. Is not
only about technique. I think sometimes I don't know how to play the
point, especially in the important moment. I think today I make a lot
This year has been great for me. People have been trying to retire me since I was 25.