24 hours have passed and I still feel horrible / empty in a way ! How great a tennis player like Maria is , I can not except from her that she is giving 3 big finals away this year. When a final comes, the agressive play is gone and errors and nerves are creeping in !! I hope she will have a great summer but trust her she has learned from her mistakes and will " just do it " when the final match is there. Maria , you are our number 1, don't make it difficult for your self. Play freely and you will WIN.
I actually thought Maria did not play all that poorly. I think we have to give a lot of credit to Aggie's ability to manage her service games. 3 love holds in the second set!!! That's pretty impressive. Maria wasn't particularly sharp with her groundstrokes, but I have seen much worse from her. She served very well, until her last service games in the sets. It is highly unusual that she could not break Aggie and 3 break points is not as many as I would have expected to see. Maria seems very tense in these finals and doesn't seem to be able to control her great desire to win, which causes her to just go for too much and miss. I really thought that both players played a very high level of tennnis, especially Aggie, so kudos to her!!
I have been impressed with Maria's movement and endurance this year. Her game is coming more and more together and we'll see what the terre battu brings this year. She has many points on the line in Rome and at RG. Madrid not so much, I believe. Is she playing Stuttgart instead of Madrid or she is doing both?
I had a feeling that she was going lose to Aggie yesterday, as all the expectations were for her to win and that put even more pressure on her. Aggie was due against Masha and Masha obliged somewhat! Stilll it's been a remarkable start to the year and there are many good points to build on! I bet that the next meeting with Aggie will not be a loss and it won't be no three setter either!!
Chin up Maria!!! Go out and take what you want and just keep on fighting!!!
Phili my baby!!!Finally you post!!
I missed you so much over the course of the Miami 2012!! Up to the Final you didnt speak a word!! What a coincidence to post just when Maria lost!
But in any case I missed you! How have you been? How is life and people treating you? You need to post more often than each time Maria loses, because if the trend continues and Maria reaches Finals all the time, it is going to take a long time to hear from you again! I caught myself wanting Maria to lose just to see how you are doing...!
Love hugs and passionate kisses for you and only you!
If this was the case then how come MARIA has done well ON OTHER SURFACES, INCLUDING CLAY in Paris and Rome? she also has beaten Williams since and had her match point down in the Aussie final.No, the real problem is ,as somebody previous pointed out, her lack of accuracy against steady baseliners, or being beaten by players who, to be fair, are just more accurate in what they do (kvitova, azarenka, and to some extent williams are examples). Maria does need to sort out more of a 'gameplan' in finals. It is no longer the case that other girls fear playing her. We have to remember her shoulder injury has gravely affected that serve as a weapon, her throw up has never looked 'right' since, but she had williams running all over the place on return of serve at wimbledon too!! At times she goes for outright winners that maybe she shouldn't. When they fly out she loses confidence. I would agree that maybe another coach with fresh impetus is needed to get maria's game up another notch. To maybe develop a plan B. But on the plus side Philli (and where did YOU dissapear to again before the final result, lol)....four finals since wimbledon, number 2 in the world....we would have settled for that in january 2011 when she didn't look like winning a FIRST ROUND match again!!