Surrendering with the intensity that Sara Sorribes does in each game can take its toll and this Wednesday her body said enough. The 24-year-old from Castellón had to withdraw from the Emilia Romagna Open in Parma with a left thigh problem when she played the third set of her round of 16 match against her Italian namesake, Sara Errani.
The first set had been awarded by 6-4 after giving up his serve and reacting later with two consecutive breaks. Errani, born in Bologna, very close to the tournament venue, balanced the pulse in a crazy second heat in which she got four breaks by three from Sorribes. Everything pointed to an exciting third set when Sorribes’ engine grabbed 2-2 and forced him to throw in the towel.
It will be necessary to see how that thigh evolves at the gates of Roland Garros. A long break would be a disappointment for a player who has had a very consistent career this year., with a title in Guadalajara (the one in Mexico), semifinals in Monterrey and quarterfinals in Miami, results that have helped him to get into the top 50 of the ranking. Errani, meanwhile, will face the American Sloane Stephens in the quarterfinals.