[QUOTE=Skoo;19871087]Yes, it probably was irrelevant, but who knows, maybe she actually didn't see the ball well
And she was also coughing like hell and probably didn't have enough energy. Marion was always eating, but she took some bites only in the 3rd and she immediately "recovered".
I saw only highlights of the AO match, but at least there the stats were against her. Sharapova maybe played indeed better?[/QUOTE
Julia should be experienced enough to take care of her nutrition, but I remember that her coach gave her hand-signs during the breaks to take care of drinking enough in the match with Pavljuchenkova in Madrid, so may be, she can be careless sometimes.
She had caught a cold during the FO 2011, but I can`t assess, whether it affected her already in the match with Marion.
If yes, this is a serious point. At least she didn`t use as an excuse after the match. I can´t remember her coughing more than else in that match.
I´d say, it might also be a sign of not feeling comfortable overall on the court, but who knows?
Her match with Maria at the AO was consistently on a good level from both players, with rapid speed, offensive play and lot`s of winners, just fun to watch.
I don`t remember the stats, but Julia was able to keep the pace of Maria, and even dominate her in some parts of the match, and that`s not very usual, when Maria`s game is on.
Although Julia lost in the end, she herself is still proud of this match.
It was a really good performance of her in her first 3-round appearance at a GS.
Marion`s and Maria`s way to play are quite different, therefore it`s hard to compare the matches.
But in both matches she had some lack of concentration and determination in certain moments, and therefore she lost them.
It`s natural, that these things develop in years, and come along with the experience, and it`s very individual, how the players improve in that point.