Re: USO R1: Bertens d. Mchale 6-4 4-6 6-3
XTina couldn't figure out WTF she was doing all match long. Very bad performance. First set, Kiki played pretty well but Christina barely hit any winners. Second set, Christina plays more aggressive. Final set, errors everywhere. Christina couldn't decide to hit with topspin or flat, power or moonball, up or back... just very indecisive. Her terrible break point conversion reflects this. Also, Bertens probably hit a dozen or so drop shots or mis-hits that landed short in the court, and McHale put away only 1 of them I think. She is very slow at recognizing a short ball, probably because she plays SO far back.
As for Bertens, first of all her toilet break was RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE of McHale's service game. She would then be broken. I mean come on! Engzell did a shitty job as the umpire overall. Also I don't know if I've ever heard a player with such a deep, manly scream. Scared the crap out of me every single time. But the girl can serve, at least.
"It’s always been, ‘I wonder what she’s got, Sharapova?’, because I don’t see that she’s got something that special… Or do you know? Can you tell? What’s so exceptional about her?”
-- Legend, shortly before crushing Vulturepova