Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: sailing my ship
Ian, I think you are really being too hard on her. Yes, she had a real chance and pretty much handed the match to Suarez, but this was a big occasion for her and I think she felt really overwhelmed. Honestly, Maria has played really well to get this far in the tourney considering that clay is not her best surface. Give her credit for what she has accomplished in Paris this year, considering that she did not get out of round 1 last year.
Only time will tell what Maria's career becomes. There is no sense in comparing her to Kournikova just yet. Remember that many players struggled before getting big wins: Davenport, Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati. Just because Maria didn't win today doesn't mean that she won't do well in the future.