Kiki Bertens, the young Dutch player who is ranked at 65, took on the Czech Lucie Safarova, ranked at 18 and seeded 6th, in the Open GDF Suez tournament in the first match on Friday. The lucky loser from Holland has made the best of her luck so far, as she came out of the blocks with all guns blazing, to take the first set 6-1. The second set was much closer, with games going to 5-5 before the lower ranked player took her chances and held her nerve to take the second set too, 7-5, in just an hour and ten minutes.
In the second match, top seeded Italian Sara Errani, played Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain who is unseeded in this tournament. Coming in to this match, the two players were tied at 3-3 in the head to head statistics, which was a good indication of the tight matches these two have played. Errani took the first set 7-5, but Suarez Navarro came back to take the second 6-4 to force a deciding set. Both players brought their A games to this third set, which went to 5-5 before Errani broke to take the lead and serve out for the set at 7-5 in a match that took just over three hours, to book her place in the semis where she will meet Kiki Bertens.
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