As difficult as expected, Maria's first match in Istanbul yesterday, against Sara Errani from Italy. Some difficulties too far in the first games of the first set, with Maria not at her ease in finding the proper rhythm. Once reached the right pace, Maria's higher technical level prevailed and she took the set 63. Different story in the second set: Maria looked much more comfortable, took control of the play, she was solid, determined, big angles, deep shots, terrific winners. Some double falts, but as many aces. Sara Errani made everything possible to defend, but she couldn't oppose to Maria's more powerful play. Four games in a row by Maria and eventually 62, and the match. Sara Errani is a very good player, this year she made a terrific escalation to high positions of the WTA rankings, she is now number 7, and can represent in this tournament a real problem to both Agnieszka Radwanska and Petra Kvitova. Today Maria will face Agnieszka Radwanska, who probably hasn't the most brilliant play ever seen but has a great regularity and continuity, tough for anybody. Bonne chance, Maria!
Take care of yourself. Giorgio from Italy
Excellent night out there with you, Maria! Over Radwanska at 2:15 am, Wow! No one in the world with whom I would rather be out there. Win it all, Maria! #1 again is just around the corner too!