WEEK 9: DOHA (Level: Tier 1, Surface: Hard)
Vili was the defending champion.R1: BYE
R2: Valerie Vili (NZL) def. Rita Grande (ITA) 6-2, 6-4
Sweet revenge from the Australian Open. QF: Valerie Vili (NZL) def. Paola Suarez (ARG) 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4
"I should've won it 6-3, 6-2," said Vili. "I didn't play very well and lost my concentration too often. Hopefully my next round will be better."
SF: Kim Clijsters (BEL) def. Valerie Vili (NZL) 4-6, 4-6.
"I think I showed good fighting spirit in this match," said Vili. "In the first set my first serve percentage was in the low 30s, but I was hitting quite well. If I'd have served better I'm pretty sure I would've won this match."
In Vili's only previous encounter with Clijsters, at the 4th round of the 2000 US Open, Vili won in an epic, 7-5, 4-6, 10-8.
"I'm looking forward to Indian Wells and Miami, which I couldn't play last year due to injury. I think I'll be able to do well there." an optimistic Vili said. "In the meantime, I'm going to keep working on my serve."
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Indian Wells
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