Sydney Saikova was runner-up for two consecutive years in the 0-3 winner set

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 Sydney Saikova was runner-up for two consecutive years in the 0-3 winner set


After the second Pankovas promotion and Battys sawing battle, the score of both sides increased alternately. The two men fought 5-5, Kova broke the deadlock in the crucial 11th stalemate, and the Czech veteran used the backhand pressure to win the second count he made.

In the final set, when Kova was 0-3 behind, she fought hard to reverse the defeat. Batty also showed great tenacity in the home game. When the host players were 4-5 and 5-6 behind, they broke Kovas serve to win the game. The two men fought till the seventh, and Cova built up a 6-3 advantage in the seventh mile with backhand successively. She then locked in the victory with forehand.

The fierce battle, which took more than two hours, consumed Kovas energy. At the end of the battle, she even cramped. Even so, the 28-year-old Keva maintained her record of winning all the last eight tournament finals, and her world ranking will return to sixth place.