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The hardest thing to cope with is that Simona was so close to the win. 2-1 up with 2 break points in the 3rd, later even serving for 5-4.
Total points won was very close indeed, Maria had more winners, but Simona had less errors, in fact her game was more graceful, yet precise, while Maria's was sheer aggression, coupled with endless mind games (grunting turned up to shrieking; turning her back at Simona when she wanted to serve and taking minutes between serves; that endless toilet break).
Simona was only inches away from the title. But she gained a lot in the end: millions of new fans of her quiet determination, endearing demeanor and elegant game, and recognition as a major contender for future Grand Slam wins.
No more talk of hype or fluke - Simona is the real deal!