Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu
I think mental tiredness rather than physical tiredness to be honest. She was pretty poor on the key points today.
It has happened a lot after her tournament win with interviews and stuff and she took some time to realize. Svitolina was no challenge at all, but today in a closer match that could have made the difference, but as you said it's only 30 points she 'lost'.
Yeah, obviously in close matches like this one needs to be very strong mentally and yeah, probably in that respect the last week would have take a bit out of Monica. Despite her being a tough match up for her, Flipkens is a player I'm sure Monica can beat but Moni really does have to be at the peak of her game and stay 100% focused for the entire match to get the win against a player of Flipken's quality. And today maybe she was 80%. Would have been good enough if the opponent was Paszek, or Safarova, or Goerges, or Shvedova, or Pavlyuchenko etc but against Flipkens, Monica really did need to be at the top of her game.