Returning from a successful tournament in Olomouc, Butterfly Player Elizabeta SAMARA can look back on the Czech Open with pride.
In the starting stages, the 25 year-old had to negotiate a tough draw, beating Megumi ABE (JPN) and Renata STRBIKOVA (CZE) with 4:2 before facing the German Petrissa SOLJA. This too became a tough match for SAMARA, she beat her opponent by the narrowest of margins with 4:3 – after 13:11 in the fifth and deciding seventh game.
After a superb performance against Butterfly player Liu Jia (AUT) in the quarter finals (4:1), Elizabeta beat the odds one more time, eliminating the top seeded Kasumi ISHIKAWA (JPN) with 4:1, securing her spots in the finals on Sunday.
The finals match developed into a sensational and tense battle between two fully focused opponents. Ai Fukuhara of Japan played an excellent game but had to acknowledge the form and powerful topspins of her Romanian opponent, who managed to score with her serve directly on numerous occasions as well. The final verdict was 7:11, 11:8, 11:9, 12:10, 6:11, 11:13, 12:10 – a nail-biting 4:3 finish in Olomouc.
Congratulations to Elizabeta for this fantastic performance!