Get ready for lots of happy Lucie pics… Lucie wins Doha!

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WOW. Lucie Safarova won her biggest career title as she defeated Victoria Azarenka, 6-4 6-3 in the final of the 2015 Qatar Open.  This was a tremendous week of tennis from Lucie as she beat Sam Stosur, Ekaterina Makarova, Andrea Petkovic, Carla Suarez Navarro and Azarenka.  I would never have imagined at the start of the week that we would be saying Doha champion, Lucie Safarova.  Lucie started the match in fine form, continuing from her last two matches against Petkovic and Suarez Navarro.  Lucie looked so in control of her groundstrokes at the start as she went up 2-0*.

Azarenka started to settle and broke back to 3-3 after a costly miss from Lucie serving at *15-30.  It felt like the match was turning as Vika started to make the rallies much longer.  Her backhand slice has become a real weapon and she used it well all week.  Azarenka went up 4-3 30-0* and also had a break point.  After holding valiantly, things seemed to turn for Vika.  The leg injury that was bothering her in the semi-final against Venus started to flare up again.  Lucie won the next two games to claim the first set, 6-4.  Serving out the set was one of those hide-behind-a-pillow moments.  She was taken to deuce, as always is the case (!), but she kept it together.

Stepping away from the fact I was cheering for Lucie, it was a great set of tennis.  Both had positive winner to unforced error differentials (Lucie +8 and Vka +1).  I have to admit, the second set was a little awkward.  Vika was obviously struggling with the leg and it became more of a problem as she was grimacing and not moving well at all.  Playing against an injured opponent is not as easy as it looks and I thought Lucie did a good job at staying focussed and in the moment.  She successfully manoeuvred her way through a couple of tight service games where her first serve escaped her.  She kept holding. When Lucie stepped up to serve at *4-3, it was joyous.  Lucie served three aces and then smacked a winner to effectively break Vika’s resistance.  Lucie quickly worked up three match points.  You could see a very slight smile when she was on match point! She sealed the win on her third match point with a successful challenge.

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Funny story… I always play the fill-in-the-draw game on the Women’s Tennis Forums, which is basically the WTA Draw Challenge.  I’ve played it for four years and never won a tournament. I’ve come 2nd about 98 times. If Vika had won, I would have won it!!!!! It’s quite hilarious that Lucie prevented me from my first win but I couldn’t be more delighted to see my prediction crash and burn.  I can’t wait to see what Lucie is going to do for the rest of the year.  I have a feeling that the Lucie bandwagon is going to gain momentum in the next coming weeks.  I hope that #teamsafarova manage to keep their feet on the ground! Lucie moves up to a new career best ranking of world number 11.  The top ten is in sight.  It’s been a ball watching Doha this week and supporting Lucie with so many other fans on Twitter.  For all those tough moments, particularly the Australian Open, it’s made all the more sweeter with days like today.  Congratulations, Lucie…

A reminder that Mc_Mooo is creating a fanbook for Lucie and we need your help! If you’d like to contribute to the fanbook with a short message for Lucie, click HERE.  I’ll leave you with lots and lots and lots of happy Lucie pics….

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8 thoughts on “Get ready for lots of happy Lucie pics… Lucie wins Doha!

    • Even though Vika was struggling, it’s often not easy to put an injured opponent away so Lucie did well in that regard. Pliskova, Kvitova and Safarova are all currently in the top 10 for the Race to Singapore!

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  1. Remember this omen: whoever beats Williams sisters not in the final will lose the next match.

    I doubt Vika was really injured (i.e. might be only fatigued). She was most likely playing gamesmanship to save her face for being outplayed so many times in the final. She has done this for many times, notably Sloan and Li Na in AO 2013. Obviously, she was fully stretched by Venus. Like I said, Lucie could match Vika in every department. If she keep Vika at bay lie Domi (AO 2015) and Elina (2nd set/R2), she could call a shot.

    For whatever reasons, Lucie is the winner and she did really well throughout the tournament. Bravo…! Have a great weekend and Hope Garcia can beat the pusher Bas!

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    • Unbelievable how awful of u 2 say that about Vika lots of players play injured on court so dobt don’t throw the past in vikas face its rude disrespectful and very very very very unsportsmanlike GROW UP PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Yeah she just looked empty, to me.

      Have you guys seen Andre Agassi’s latest comments saying he’s excited to see Serena surpass his wifes Slam count. He also says she’s “arguably the best ever”!

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  2. Vika was just exhausted.
    My prediction of Lucie to win was based on the previous rounds :

    Vika won against V.Williams (3 set), Wozniaki, Svitolina (3 set), Kerber
    Svito and Kerber are really though first and second rounders since hard is their favourite playground.

    meanwhile, Lucie had : Suarez Navarro(who was exhausted after 3 3 setters), Petkovic, Makarova (3 set), Stosur

    Even if she lost in two easy sets in the final, Vika did really good at winning those 4 opponents on a raw.
    Stamina is something that matters when it’s a one week tournament, because you have to play every day.

    But anyway, congrats Lucie !

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  3. Congrats on Lucie’s win!!! Being a diehard fan can be so deflating at times bc the emotions are sooooo intense!!! So, enjoy the big wins! I’m a fan of Venus and David Ferrer so they both have had great years so far. Concerned about Venus finishing out tournaments but still so happy that she’s back! @CCSMOOTH13

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  4. Great win for lucie Safarova. she has so much potential but fails on the big stage. happy for her, she won the biggest tournament of her career. she had under achieved for a player of her talent.

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