Tension will forever kill Flavia. She's not herself without this problem
She began pretty well, but was unable playing consistently that well, although Vika was nervous as well, especially on serve. Flavia herself said many times that when she is under pressure her serve and FH begin to be crap, and this is what has happened
At the age of 31 I don't think you can improve this psychological aspect of your tennis. This is a Flavia's feature unfortunately. She could handle the situation and playing the match better but she didn't. This is why I think peak Pennetta is surely a solid top 10 player, but top 5 is too much for her mental weakness IMO. And I'm suffering saying these words being one of the most tenacious Flavia's supporters
Besides, although Vika didn't play well, she was good enough to put Flavia under pressure. Flavia couldn't play her brillant tennis showed throughout all these two weeks also because Azarenka's pace and ball speed was on another level
In their last match in Dubai, Vika wasn't as dominant on the baseline as she was this time.
So, at the end of this wonderful tournament I have to be very positive and satisfied. My fave has made her maiden and deserved SF out of nowhere, surprising me, Italians and her fans
It would be so unfair that a so talented player like Flavia has never reach a so important goal during her career, after such good victories over top players she was able to achieve. Before this USO she was clearly an underachiever, and I still believe if she can keep this level of tennis will be able to win some other big tournments. To be fair the fact Bartoli, Stosur and Schiavone successed in winning a Slam makes me a bit sad, because I don't think Flavia has to resent something about them. But the most important thing is that she recovered well from a terrible injury and showed other players she's still on stage at the age of 31