Dani, Dani, Dani. She drops a bagel on Shahar in the first set only to lose the next two 64 63. I missed the first set but by the time I settled into my seat this matchup was playing out exactly as you would expect. Which was sad if you're a Dani fan.
Despite a strapped right thigh, Shahar was moving very well, playing some good defense that forced Dani to either go for too much and miss, or drop a ball short that she could put away. The defense wore Dani out and she was visibly frustrated when she called her coach down to the court between the second and third set. Shahar had the support of the crowd and was throwing fist pumps and "come ons" like there was no tomorrow.
If she had squeaked her shoes this would have been really eerie.Video clip of the last game after the jump.