Re: Heather's Cheering Thread
She defended great, as well as one of the best defenders in the world, Kerber.
She did not get enough first serves in to get a win against Kerber.
Hev2.0 is a great improvement, and a real contender to go very deep in a Slam one day. On World Number 9, Kerber's core game, H matched or excelled her.
But she's still the Beta version, in that she does not yet have the correct instincts of when to go for broke on the new attacking shots. Angie didn't win this match; Heather lost it, on unforced errors, often when she was in a dominant position on the court, and tried for a winner that was just a bit better than necesary, and missed.
In the first phase of Hev2.0 development, she has clearly developed enough ring-sense of when to deploy the new attacking shots to overpower players ranked 30-200. But she's very ring-rusty still against the top 30.
Now that she's back to a ranking that entitles her to regularly play them regularly, I confidently hope that she will soon develop a better feel for how much LESS she needs do to remain odds-on favourite to win a point against e.g. world number 9 Kerber.
WRT temperament, she kinda anti-choked. When the pressure was really on, at break point down, set down, 4-4 in the second set, she was unbeatable. She must have been close to some record or other for break points saved.
Then, relax, set 3, and lose easily several less-pressure games on the bounce.
Finally, it was a great match. My thanks to both girls.