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Schnyder Saves Match Points, Meets Ivanovic in Final

Posted in Ana Ivanovic,Andrea Petkovic,Patty Schnyder,Roberta Vinci by Ben on October 16, 2010

Patty Schnyder saved two match points in her match against Andrea Petkovic to make it to her second final this year. She advanced in a tough 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 battle after “serving at 4-5, 15-40 down in the deciding set against Petkovic,” according to a recent Associated Press article. Schnyder has made it to the finals at the Generali Ladies tournament twice before in 2005 and 2007. Both times, however, she failed to win the tournament. This time around, it’ll be just as difficult as Ana Ivanovic routed Roberta Vinci 6-3, 7-5 to make her first final in 19 months.

In fact, Ivanovic’s last WTA tour title came at the Linz tournament in 2008. Will she prove to everyone that she’s truly back with a win against Schnyder in the final? A lot seems to be pointing to just that result. First, Schnyder had a much more difficult time in her semifinal match. Therefore, she’ll be the more tired of the two and less physically fit. Second, while the career head-to-head between Schnyder and Ivanovic is locked at 4-all, Ivanovic has won the last four meetings in dominating fashion. Therefore, Ivanovic has the confidence (and the record) to win.

Regardless, I’m not so sure that the match will be decided in such a lopsided manner this time around. Schnyder’s season has been stronger and before the semifinals, she ousted her opponents in a decisive manner.

In short, I predict that Ivanovic claims her first title of the year in three sets.

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Schnyder Reaches Third Semifinal; Thoughts on Ivanovic’s Bathroom Break

Veteran Patty Schnyder continues to make noise on tour at the smaller events with her recent upset of Daniela Hantuchova at the Generali Ladies tournament in Linz. This semifinal appearance marks her third for the season, having advanced to the finals in Budapest and the final four in Prague back in July. Schnyder beat Hantuchova in a routine 6-4, 6-4 win as the world’s 47th-ranked player.

Up next for Schnyder is Andrea Petkovic, who is currently ranked 36. The two last met in 2009 at the Budapest tournament. There, Schnyder won 7-6 (3), 6-3. As a personal favorite and an experienced player with a strong record this year, I’ll take Schnyder over Petkovic in straight sets. Schnyder’s done well so far this tournament. In fact, she hasn’t dropped a set so far. I predict that she continues the same trend to make the finals. There, she has the chance to meet either Roberta Vinci, or a resurgent Ana Ivanovic.

Speaking of Ivanovic, what’s up with the recent bathroom break / game deduction that Ivanovic suffered during her match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. After holding to lead 1-0, Ivanovic left the court to use the bathroom, complaining of stomach problems related to yogurt consumption. “When she returned,” writes a recent Associated Press article, “the match was tied 1-1.”

Although it’s typical for players to use the restroom after the conclusion of the first set, they may also go before preparing to serve. Ivanovic, however, believed the chair umpired had agreed to let her go before Strycova’s service. That, obviously, wasn’t the case. Ivanovic blames the lost game on a miscommunication. “I was really surprised to be punished,” she told reporters.

Regardless, Ivanovic didn’t lose focus. Instead, she won 6-3, 6-2. Now, she has a strong chance to face Schnyder in the finals in what would be an exciting match. Schnyder will need any free points she can possibly get, although their career head-to-head is locked at 4-all Ivanovic has taken the last four matches. During their last meeting during the 2008 French Open, Ivanovic won 6-3, 6-2. I strongly doubt that Ivanovic will be taking more bathroom breaks before her opponent’s serve any time soon.


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