(January 5, 2013) China’s Li Na won a battle with Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 on Saturday to capture the inaugural Shenzhen Open. The top seed and hometown favorite overcame her 10 double faults and a 2-5 deficit in the final set for her seventh title and second tournament win in her home country.
“Klara played well and I managed my mood swings well, and I’m glad I made it,” Li said. “Winning the title certainly helps boost my confidence for the coming weeks, but it also depends on how I’m playing on the courts. Confidence itself won’t guarantee a win. But I’m very happy to win and the Shenzhen Longgang Gemdale Open was a great tournament – I believe it will get even better in future years.”
“It was about a few points today but she really proved she’s a top player – she played her best from 5-all,” Zakopalova said after teh match. “She’s playing unbelievably fast and flat, and she’s hitting her backhand down the line very well. To me she’s one of the Top 3 players right now and I hope she can make it there.
“There’s no way to be sad about losing – I lost to a top player and I’m happy to reach the final.”