|Posted on May 15, 2010 at 7:50 PM|
Lucie Safarova gives a news conference after retiring from her Madrid Open semi-final match against
Aravane Rezai of France May 15, 2010.
A disappointed Safarova said that she had gone into today's semi-final knowing she had an injury. "I was hoping to be able to play today," said the 23-year-old. "We had done some special taping so I couldn't feel the pain but I couldn't move well on the court."
"Aravane was ready and she competes very well so I couldn't compete injured." Despite the heavy strapping on her left thigh, Safarova said she was hopeful of continuing her clay court success at the French Open.
"(Madrid) was a great tournament. I played great matches here, I feel good on the court, confident," she said. "I hope that I will get better in couple of days so I can start to get ready for the French Open and play well there as well. I have talked to my doctor and I will do everything to be ready."
Lucie Safarova added to her recent run of form, working her way into a semi final clash against Aravane Rezai. Safarova managed to fight her way past number sixteen seed Nadia Petrova in three sets yesterday, winning 6-1, 1-6, 6-4. Safarova will be relieved to have made the semi finals following quarterfinal exits in Stuttgart and Rome in recent weeks.
Safarova has had to overturn matches from unfavourable positions at numerous times this week. She saved match point against Alexandra Dulgheru in the third round, and appeared to be on the verge of defeat yesterday after losing the second set. Her fighting spirit has served her well so far, and may even be a decisive factor tomorrow.