Qualifier Safarova Wins WTA Estoril Title

Posted on May 2, 2005

Eighteen-year-old Czech qualifier Lucie Safarova burst onto the tennis radar Sunday at the WTA stop in Estoril, defeating No. 4 seed Na Li from a set down 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3 to win her first WTA title in her first final.

Safarova defeated two seeds en route to the title in No. 8 Virginie Ruano Pascual and No. 3 seed Gisela Dulko, and saved four match points against unseeded Michaella Krajicek.

"It's amazing," said Safarova, who got off to a nervous start in dropping the first set. "It's just great. My expectations coming into the tournament were to get into the main draw and I wouldn't have been mad with myself if I'd have just won one match. But every time I come into a match I try to win and I'm really happy."

Li led by a break 2-0 in the decider but Safarova reeled off four straight games en route to the victory.

In the Saturday doubles final, China's Ting Li and Tiantian Sun defeated Michaella Krajicek and Henrieta Nagyova 6-3, 6-1 for their first title of the year in their second final.