Thank you very much, tim4, for your report.
Although a win produces joy in many, a loss also produces not-joy in many. Such is sport....
If Alexandra was aware of this "If I lose, I quit!" dynamic, then I respectfully think that was a type of "dirty pool", even if it was just "being honest". Alexandra is a very nice and sympathetic and empathetic person. Although she is very much a "player", with much pride (especially after winning 3 very impressive matches to Qualify!), she is not without a subconscious.
I greatly envy your joy today, but I wonder if you feel this victory is entirely "clean", under the circumstances?
If this "I quit if I lose!" talk continues prior to the Shaughnessy match, then Miriam is likely to be humiliated mercilessly. Do you want that? (Such "trash talk" would only produce rage in most players - maybe not Alexandra, but probably Shaughnessy.)
Miriam is a very good and exciting player. I hope she plays many, many more tournaments before she retires - if she wants to. If she doesn't want to continue playing, then she should make that known, totally out-of-the-blue, between tournaments. This kind of talk, during a tournament, is "asking for trouble", or, at least, "impolite".
Just my opinion....
Good luck, Miriam, vs. Shaughnessy! (I don't like Shaughnessy.)
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