The truth: Vika lost in Madrid because of the surface
We've heard it all about the blue clay, but it's true: try playing against a bomb-serving, in-form Serena Williams on a slippery surface where you've got bad footing and can't defend. An impossible task. Vika isn't one to whine and make excuses, but she couldnt play her game plain and simple.
So thats why i'm not worried heading into the FO, which has traditional slow clay, which is why Serena has always struggled on it. Serena is an outstanding front runner, but in Paris somebody (Svetlana, Stosur, Srebotnik, etc) always manages to grind her down in a long match, and Vika still has a great chance to win FO despite her yesterday beatdown.