Re: » Simona's Livescore Thread » USO R4 - Halep vs Pennetta
My thoughts so far:
The rain break just before SP definitely sucks, but on the other hand I'm pretty sure the rain hindered Flavia in that very last rally and was one reason why she pushed that harmless backhand long. It may could have stood 30-40 and then the rain might have arrived, who knows?
Thus said, Flavia was nearly flawless in that first set and Simona probably unprepared after that gift of higher ranked Kirilenko the round before. She was surprised by Flavia's resistance and got steamrolled after a couple of too many errors. Especially her defence is astounding, no comparison to the trainwreck tennis we saw from both at Bastad earlier this year.
That second set had me standing on the edge of my seat with all the close balls, net cords and wasted BPs. I'm glad she still went for it with that nice forehand return that got her the important break back. While Flavia's level dropped afterwards, Simona grew in confidence.
By the way, guys, tone it down in the live commentary thread. Simona's latest results will attract haters, success always does and I guess that many people still have a hard time that one of the most underhyped prospects of recent tennis history is starting to make it big right now. No time for unnecessary fights there.