Quirky Russian loses victory in Prague after thriller

Arantxa Rus failed to make the quarterfinals of the WTA tournament in Prague. In the second round, the Zuid-Holland team were short at the crucial moment against lucky loser Magdalena Frech: 3-6, 6-2, 4-6.

Rus had a lot of trouble with the stiff game of the Polish number 174 of the world. Nevertheless, the Dutch often succeeded in dismantling Frech’s ‘chess tennis’ with attacking strokes, but this required concentration and precision. Initially she seemed to be able to do so in the decisive phase.

Rus, however, forgot to press 3-2, 15-40 when she couldn’t exploit her only two breaking chances of the set, due to sloppy handling of her abilities.

Russian restlessness

The Polish was the smartest and quietest of the two in the final phase. Rus delivered her service on 4-4 by a wildly beaten forehand; for Frech it was her only breaking point of the set.

The visibly disappointed Russian gave a game later with some unnecessary mistakes rap off.