Qualifier Safarova lands Estoril title

Qualifier Safarova lands Estoril title
By Eurosport

01/05/2005 at 18:05Updated

Lucie Safarova became only the second qualifier to win a WTA Tour event on Sunday, following Serbian Ana Ivanovic at Canberra in January. The Czech 18-year-old upset fourth seed Li Na of China 6-7 6-4 6-3 to win the Estoril Open on Sunday. The win will move Safarova up around 50 places.

Safarova started the tournament at 155.

"It's amazing for me, I'm so happy I can't explain it," said Safarova, who saved four match points in her second round match against Michaella Krajicek.

"Always when you go into a tournament you try to win it but I wouldn't have been mad at myself if I had qualified and done one round."

Although she lost, Li will become the highest ranked Chinese player in history at 35, surpassing Li Feng who reached 36.

"I hope to improve my ranking even more," said Li.

"I made too many mistakes and didn't have a feel for the game."

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