Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Qualifier Cetkowska stuns Li Na in Doha  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 14/02/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!


(MENAFN -Arab News) DOHA:Top seed Li Na’s eagerly-awaited return to action after her stunning Australian Open triumph last month ended in a bewildering loss to a qualifier in the third round of the Qatar Open

The much-celebrated Chinese player appeared to have turned the match around when she came from behind to lead 3-1 in the final set against Petra Cetkowska, a Czech ranked outside the top 100, only to stumble to a 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-4 defeat

True, Cetkowska has solid attacking ground-strokes, which held up well against the forceful Li, and is making her way back from injury having once been in the top 30. She also won their last encounter, more than two years ago

But Li had so many chances to grab hold of the contest in the final set, holding points for 3-0, 4-1, and 5-3, and was infuriatingly unable to convert any of them

She also appeared to tire in a two-hour 46-minute tussle full of demanding rallies and emotional twists, and her error ratio soared worryingly as her attacks became less controlled

Cetkowska admitted that she had tired too, adding: “I somehow just tried to play every single ball, and what has happened is so amazing.” What made the result even more surprising is that Li appeared to have benefitted greatly from a highly-charged moment in the second set when she might have gone a set and a break of serve down

She swung a ferocious backhand drive close to the baseline, and heard it called out as a lunging Cetkowska managed only to get the edge of her racket to it

Had that decision stood she would have gone 1-2, 15-40 down, but her appeal to the video review system showed the ball having touched the back edge of the line and the score became 30-allinstead



Cetkowska protested strongly that the out call had come before she had attempted to return the ball, that it had therefore interfered with her stroke, and that the point should be replayed

But her case was not strong, and she was overruled, and after Li duly held that service game, the Czech’s standard dropped markedly

Li took seven games in a row, not only leveling the match at a set all, but going a break up in the decider, and changing the ambience of the contest utterly

But the 31-year-old could not maintain it, and appeared to flag physically

She ended up uncharacteristically defending in her next service game, and could not hold, and then dropped another service game in which she delivered a double fault

Amazingly, four games later she was unable to put the ball away from right on top of the net, with Cetkowska making a great guess as to where the smash was going and returning with a winning lob

She then closed out the match as Li no longer had the capacity to take advantage

In mitigation Li can point to the windy conditions which make it harder for a risk-taking ball-striker such as herself, and the fact that she needs to use tournaments like this to develop her attacking options for future, bigger battles

There was consolation for Chinese fans a little later, however, when Peng Shuai became the first Chinese player to top a world ranking

She and her Taiwanese partner, Hsieh Su-wei, won a first round doubles match 6-2, 6-4 against the Ukrainean-Russian combo of Irina Buryachok and Vitalia Diatchenko, which is enough to take them above the world number one pair, Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani of Italy at the end of the week.

 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Dec 11 2016 - Demonstrators in UK call for greater Syria interventionMENAFN
(MENAFN) Demonstrators led by human rights activist Peter Tatchell disrupted a speech by the British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday, calling for a more forthright stand against the ...

 Dec 11 2016 - US-backed alliance launches 'phase two' of Raqqa campaignMENAFN
(MENAFN) A US-backed alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters announced on Saturday 'phase two' of its campaign for the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion of Raqqa.In detail, Syrian Democratic Forces ...

 Dec 11 2016 - UK shows 'Profound concern' for people of YemenMENAFN
(MENAFN) Boris Johnson has spoken of his "profound concern" for people in Yemen and said that "force alone" will not bring stability to the country.But the foreign secretary said he understood the ...

 Dec 11 2016 - UAE investigators probe Ohio student killed by policeMENAFN
(MENAFN) Abu Dhabi police are travelling to the US state of Ohio to "participate in the investigation" into the death of an Emirati student who was shot by police.In detail, Ohio officials say that ...

 Dec 11 2016 - Dubai Masters suspended after death of caddieMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters, the season-ending championship of the Ladies European Tour, was suspended Wednesday after the death of a caddie. Austrian ...

 Dec 11 2016 - Ex-Real players on tax fraud chargesMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Spanish prosecutors have brought tax fraud charges against three former Real Madrid players, Xabi Alonso, Ricardo Carvalho and Angel di Maria and opened investigations into ...

 Dec 11 2016 - Okaka's Watford brace deepens Everton gloomMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Italian striker Stefano Okaka's first two Watford goals inspired a 3-2 comeback win over Everton on Saturday, leaving Ronald Koeman's side with one win in 10 Premier League ...

 Dec 11 2016 - Bayern regain top spot as Leipzig lose unbeaten recordMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Robert Lewandowski netted twice as Bayern Munich returned to the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 5-0 win over Wolfsburg after RB Leipzig lost their unbeaten record. ...

 Dec 11 2016 - Messi double brings Barca reliefMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona recorded their first win in four La Liga games to close to within three points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win at ...

 Dec 11 2016 - Kohli drives India to 'golden' lead over EnglandMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Captain Virat Kohli smashed a sensational unbeaten 147 to propel India into the lead on the third day of the fourth Test against England in Mumbai on Saturday. The Indian ...

more...


 





Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Search News
Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help