So after a long, hard tour of duty playing 25k's all across Europe, Olivia turns her attention back to the WTA, and she qualifies for a Tour event for the very first time. That had to be pretty satisfying for her after fighting in the ITF trenches for the last few months.
Well, having drawn Flavia in the first round, there was little time for celebration; out of the frying pan, and into the fire.
But you know what? I think that she did a great job against Flavia. First things first, it looked like she was playing the match on tired legs, but Liv didn't let that cramp her style. She worked with what she had on the day, and she made the most out of it. In that same vein, when she found herself in a deep hole in the second set, she just stayed calm and focused. Before you knew it, she had climbed all the way back into that set. To cut a long story short, she looked like a veteran out there. Here I was worried that she might be nervous coming into this match, but instead she looked as cool as a cucumber. Her forehand worked; her backhand worked; her serve worked. Life is so much easier, when you don't feel any nerves. I haven't quite deluded myself into believing that she has suddenly turned into Michael Jordan in the 4th quarter, but this sort of performance was a heartening one to watch nonetheless. I've said it before, I'll say it again. As Liv gets more of the experience that she needs, good things will happen.