turned out your pre tourny foreboding about this was totally on the mark
Just look at where Vinci is now [QF vs Errani(!)] and we can't help thinking, yeah, that's where Slava should easily have been...
Well, lets see if she is complacent and is satisfied to have a 2nd/3rd round type of career and mostly get her pickings in doubles, or whether she's prepared to adjust mentally and go for whats rightly hers.
Yeah, Roberta came into this tournament playing great and she was always going to be Slava's main obstacle to getting to the quarters or beyond. Had Slava taken her match point against Vinci, I don't believe Cibulkova or Radwanska would have presented Slava with anymore problems than they presented Roberta. And had it been a Slava v Sara quarter we call only remember what happened the last time those two met.
It is disappointing. Slava is playing well but to go deep in tournaments you have to be able to win the close ones sometimes and at the moment Slava just doesn't seem to be able to do that. It's either an easy 2-0 or a heartbreaking 1-2. Having said all that I'm happy for Roberta and Sara. Both are class acts and both have a lot of skill and are enjoyable players to watch.