Let's not get overexcited, Maria fans.
Maria played an AWESOME match against Justine, exploiting Justine's topspun shots and doing very well to hit winners from left right and centre. Ended up with 30 winners, 21 unforced errors. Justine however, got only 11 winners and 21 unforced errors. Nice serving from Maria also - pushed Henin way back. It's safe to say that Maria has now repleced Serena/Justine as the favourite.
But with that said, let's not forget that in tennis, they go as quickly as they come. We must not forget that Maria still has to play Jankovic, who is probably relieved that she won't be playing Justine. So Jankovic probably thinks that she has a decent shot against Maria, especially since she won their last encounter in Birmingham. Serena was the in-form player of the tournament along with Maria, so Jelena did really well to beat her. Then, if Maria gets through Jelena, I'm probably thinking a Maria/Venus match, and boy will that be ugly. Maria hasn't done very well against venus of late, and will need to maintain the same level of play against her in order to win.
Form slips up a lot in tennis - just ask Serena. It's hard to see Maria playing that well again - maybe a notch below or two, because honestly that was lights out tennis. She's got a great chance at the title - and she's probably my pick - but let's not forget that there's a whole lot of tennis she has to go through to win the tournament.
Discuss. Some people are acting as if she's won the tournament, but if she doesn't, then her win against Justine will just be a "flash in the pan" on an exceptional day for Maria. It's just so easy to put this win against Justine out of context: in reality, she has some very tough matches to come. Let's go Maria. If you win, Serena will be fuming.
Serena. Simona. Ana. Petra. Venus.
Clijsters, Henin, Dementieva, Davenport.
Martina Hingis - "No one else played like Hingis - no one could."