I know she's still on recovery, but I still think she could have done better today given Medina's form (who only won 9 main draw matches this year on the WTA: 2 against Alex, of course, one against slumping Arantxa Rus, and the other 6 against lucky losers, wild cards or qualifiers!).
Small picture: A loss is a loss, no matter what the final score is. She played one match in Miami and she lost it. Since her comeback she played 4 matches that needed a 3rd set and she lost 3 of them, so I guess, yeah, if you're an optimist you can say that she's fit, if you're not, you can say that she's fit enough to finish 3 sets matches, but not fit enough to win them.
Big picture: Top 100? For sure, perhaps next year. Top 30? I strongly doubt it. (But I secretly wish to be wrong on the last prediction )
Alex will finish THIS YEAR in the top 100. Next year, probably 30, but definitely at least top 50. Mark my words.
Hate to be one of the "I told you so" people, but after that terrible loss to Medina in Miami things were pretty clear. I admit she had some good wins with Erakovic, Garcia, Govortsova, Voskoboeva, Vekic and Lepchenko and she did a great job getting back close to top 150, but I still see 2013 as a disappointing tennis year for Alex.
Anyway, I really hope she will come back stronger, faster and better than ever in 2014. She totally deserves to get back on the top.
I admit she had some good wins with Erakovic, Garcia, Govortsova, Voskoboeva, Vekic and Lepchenko and she did a great job getting back close to top 150, but I still see 2013 as a disappointing tennis year for Alex.
Alexandra's problem was that she couldn't win back to back matches to save her life. There are players who win WTA titles by beating these above, but they do so within one week and the ranking system unfortunately only rewards runs and not single victories.
The new voting system starting at 2014 will be even more rigid in this regard. I hope she can leave her physical troubles behind.
I am not worried about Alexandra because she is always at peace with what she does.
I love this expression and I guess you nailed it.
Despite all her injuries and troubles, Alexandra still comes across as the most grounded out of all our girls. She seems solid in everything she does and even if she was losing it mentally in some matches this year you always know that she gave her best and her body simply not allowed her to do more.