It'll be Dani vs. Sabine in the finals of Birmingham on Sunday morning, and really, you have to be chuffed (heh, look at me!) for both of them. Dani came back from a set down to break the hearts of Ana fans everywhere (and, yeah, Ana herself), to survive and play on. My choice of "survive" is intentional. Ana had 20 break point chances and converted...two. 2/20, people. That, like, takes effort.
"In the second set, I don't know if I can even count the number of break points I had and didn't use, and obviously that was disappointing. But still I was positive coming out for that third set. I still believed I could come back and win that third set. But the last couple games there was not really intensity and I was still in the previous games and I just let my mind go off wander off a bit, and on grass everything happens too fast. But besides those last couple of games I really felt I created plenty of chances for myself and I feel like I was dominating the match in many cases."
But well done to Dani. She played a really solid match and, not to sound like a broken record, she's played really fantastic tennis this week. It's pretty hard to believe how crappy her results were in the first quarter of the season. She's like a whole new woman this past month.
On the other side of the net is Boom Boom, who is just unbelievably over the moon right now, both in terms of her play and her excitement. She demolished Peng today, 63 61, and the kid is absolutely savoring every moment of her resurgence.
"I think it's pretty much impossible to put it into words. It's been such a great week for me. From the first match on it was a really tough first round and I knew if I could win that one I would be into the grass court season well. It's just going well. I just love the grass."
"After the injury, I always enjoyed being on the court, but after the injury I did even more. I appreciate every minute that I'm on the court with the crowd. That's what I love that's what I miss so much about being away. Being on the big courts with the huge crowds, it's just the best moments."
There's lots of questions right now about whether Sabine's even eligible for a Wimbledon wildcard. They have three cards to give to the ladies and one would think she'd deserve one. But according to WTA rules she's used up her allotment of wildcards already, which might mean that if she gets offered one for Wimbledon and takes it then she would have to forfeit any points and prize-money she gets in the tournament. Still working to confirm this info but that seems to be the chatter on Twitter. I was under the impression that WTA rules don't apply to ITF tournaments, which the Slams are, but seriously, I don't know the rules for shit.