More things will come? Of course more things will come!
This was only Vera's THIRD
WTA main draw match in her life!! She has played in qualies in only a handful of other WTA events. Vera is a veritable infant on this Tour!
And even in the Challengers, Vera's experience has been extremely limited so far. Just three months ago, we were excited about Vera's huge win -- in the Orange Bowl! A Junior event! She's just 3 months from being a junior player! (In fact maybe she is still playing Jrs, I don't know.)
So getting through qualies at a Tier 1 event, winning a main draw match there, and then going out on the Stadium Court and going up 3-1 -- what a dream come true for a young kid. I am so thrilled for her!
I don't know what Vera's plans are. I hope she will continue to play in Challengers and try to qualify in low-tier WTA events. I hope she will methodically work on building her strength, her game and her confidence, well away from the spotlight; the spotlight that seems to shrivel up the Russian girls as soon as it shines toward them!
Vera's got some toughness; we know she's got the big heart. She knows how to win; she has proven that as junior Wimbledon champion. She is not surrounded by photographers, journalists, sponsors or a whole team of people ready to suck her blood. She is just now starting out! Let's give her some space and time. I am not going to criticize any kid under 18 no matter how they they perform, or how often they "fail". So Vera's got my 100% unconditional support for at least a year and a half. Go to it, kid!