BARA IS THE WINNER OF 3-HOUR-MARATHON
The Romanian Irina Bara rallied to turn the tide versa the Russian Valentyna Ivakhnenko, the winner of the qualification, – 7/6(6), 3/6, 6/1. It became the longest match of the tournament so far that lasted 3 h 3 mins. None of the girls served any aces. Irina made 2 double faults and Valentyna – 8. The first set lasted almost for one hour and a half and finished on the tie-break 8-6 in favor of Bara.
Ivakhnenko made practically twice as many unforced errors as Bara (71-33), but the Russian has more winners as well (39-19).
«It was a very long and very tough match. I am just happy it's over. Now I want to sit down and have a rest. Valentyna is a very tough opponent to play with, she is a really good player. And I needed to fight for each point, because she was not giving anything for free. I was just fighting till the end! Tomorrow match against Sevastova will be hard, because she is a top player. And it is always a special play with such athlete. I know that the crowd will be on her side, but I hope they won't be too mean to me», - said Bara in on-court interview after the match.