Jason A - I second what Dani said, why single out Liv and not mention Holland when that is what both TS and I were talking about?
The fact that no one at all has jumped to Bella's defense is probably even more interesting. Alright yes, I'm not particularly bullish about her prospects. Isabella's game is kinda one-dimensional -- it seems to me that it's all about bossing points with her forehand. That's worrisome, because she's already at an age that her game should be reasonably mature. That said, I also think that she's got lots of room for improvement. For starters, her serve could turn into a weapon. She's a big girl, so with the right technique, I think that's very doable. Yes, there are flaws in her game, but I'm not so sure that there are any fatal flaws. She might even be able to make it some distance into the Top 100 working with what she's got right now. I think that she might be able to pull it off, because she's got some margin for error in her game -- she doesn't hit the ball too hard or too flat. Consistency week-in and week-out might be what gets her on the Tour and keeps her there.
Fact is, none of the Aussie girls bar Barty has much chance of being a top player capable of winning GS. Her development should be the priority and this certainly bodes well, a lot of highly talented young female tennis players who went on to be top senior players had early success like this.
High quality match from both girls. Congrats to Ash; she hung in there even though Liv was all over her in the 1st, and that set pretty much decided it. Both should really take some confidence from their performances in the playoff, and be looking forward to doing some damage early next year.
This december showdown has been a bit of a breakthrough for Long, qualifying for 18s and winning 16s. She has mainly just been playing AMTs before now, hopefully encouragement to play more juniors and ITF next year