Did she just win a match on a WTA event?
In main draw, against the 4th seed?
Incredible, absolutely incredible achievement
Huge congratulations to Donna and everyone in her team!
In all honesty, I was looking at this one as just another step in acquiring learning experience, no expectations whatsoever. Especially so given the fact that Rybarikova is not exactly out of form - 63rd in the Race, won Washington destroying Pavlyuchenkova along the way, qualified for USO and won a round against Hsieh before losing to Zheng etc. But even if that were not the case I wouldn't have the guts to predict this sort of outcome against someone ranked so high. A straight sets win?! Wow!
Sure, this was probably not performance of a lifetime for Rybarikova, but even if she choked (btw, who chokes against a 16 y.o. ranked 150 ranking spots lower) it's a great win for Donna, cause she took a chance when it offered itself. Looks like she learned a hell of a lot from that loss against Gallovits.
I wasn't even looking beyond R1, and I honestly don't even care about what happens next. Donna made it to the last 16 of a WTA tournament, which is huge for someone her age given the physical aspect of today's game and restrictions imposed on young players. She is making big steps forward, and it's great to be here to witness them.
Great job Donna