I know! If it was a French girl that had won, they would have shown her drinking champagne from the winner's cup. Maybe another photo will turn up, but they did provide a nice action shot of Miki, wherein she's smiling as she whips a forehand and her boobs look ... er ... exceptionally HUGE ...
<---- Yeah, like they could do that.
Give that lady a million dollars and put her in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, already!
Seriously, though, La Nouvelle Republique (and Europe in general) offers much cleaner, more engaging sports journalism than we're getting the States right now, where most college grads are emerging from university with nothing but hangovers and functional illiteracy. The article is well-written (Miki is described with fondness and respect; she is called "a resurgent phoenix") and best of all is her little comment. For those who want a proper translation of the idiomatic French, Mirjana's remarks:
"I'm very happy my level of play allowed me to come up with a win three years after my last success at a $75K in Albuquerque. I played super tennis against a player I didn't know. This encourages me to play the circuit for a few more years and hopefully experience some of those big emotions at the Grand Slam tournaments again."
I think we fans might have 2-3 more years of Miki out there, so long as she has moments like this that show her how well she can play. I can see her retiring at 35 and hopefully, in the next few years, her big dream of a good run will come true, somewhere.
A wiser schedule and continued hard work with a good coach will prove the difference. Don't know if Top 50 is in the cards for her, but certainly, I think she could attain a Wimbledon Quarterfinal (If the stars line-up correctly) and with a few good results grouped around a run like that, she could find herself with a nice ranking spike before she hangs it up.
At this point, I hope her secret goals are to win at least one WTA singles event at the international level, more dubs titles anywhere, reach at least the final 16 of one Slam in singles, and get a few more ITF titles. All "doable" for her, I think, but not for too long as every year she'll get slower and have to work harder.
No need to wait three more years for another ITF win, with some savvy scheduling, and if she realizes her dream, I think savvy scheduling with have a lot to do with it. Good luck in Limoges, Miki. Go to the porcelain factory on your day off