MADRID, May 3. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Spanish tennis player Sara Sorribes reached this Tuesday for the first time in her career the quarterfinals at the Mutua Madrid Open, a WTA 1000 category tournament played on clay, after beating the Russian Daria Kasatkina in three sets by 6- 4, 1-6, 6-3.
The woman from Castellón had to fight for two and a half hours to get rid of her rival, who was close to lifting her clear disadvantage in the third and final set, but who finally could not with the claw of the local player who endured to take the ticket among the eight best of the tournament before the hubbub of Manolo Santana of the Magic Box.
Sorribes, current number 47 in the WTA world ranking, got into an event of this category for the third time in his career after doing it last year in Miami (United States) and Montreal (Canada) and now he will try to get into the semifinals against American Jessica Pegula.
Sorribes and Kasatkina fought a match where the serves were not practically decisive. In fact, both only won four of the 13 they had in an entire match where up to 18 service breaks were recorded.
Half of them were in a first sleeve that was quite a ‘roller coaster’. The Spanish came to have a 5-3 advantage and serve, but she did not take advantage of it and had to get ahead on the scoreboard thanks to the weakness of an opponent who did not win any of her services in the set.
But the Russian reacted and did so forcefully. His aggressive shots from the bottom of the track began to do a lot of damage to the Castellón player, who was disarmed and headed for a third and definitive set.
There, with the support of the Manolo Santana stands, Sorribes made an act of resistance against the continued aggressiveness of Kasatkina, who was the one in tow on this occasion. A third ‘break’ placed the Spanish with an optimal 4-1 and service, but then came the reply of the Russian who had a break ball to equal four. The Castellón native saved the situation with her claw and her rival’s mistakes did the rest.