Sorry, Bert. I have to disagree. It wasn't a waste. She played at both extremes - good and bad. She had some great dominance moments that I hope she can call upon in the future when she needs to regain confidence. And she had some horrible moments when lack of focus came at a high price. To play such GOAT tennis in the 2nd set and first part of the 3rd set, she was able to experience the awesome, confident feelings. That's not wasted energy at all. In a sick way, I think today was a bonus. I just hope that all of us, including Sam, can put it behind us and move forward with the positive things.
Anyway, I wonder if I can find a liquor store open at 1:30am.
Oh, sorry Sinclair. By waste, I was Re: Sam serving twice for the match: she wasted the opportunity.
Hope you do not read me (too) badly… I totally agree she played really well during a long period of the match, the second set and half of the third one.
We know a little bit Sam, and that scenario has already happened. As an example, the Errani match at RG last year: obviously.
The key problem lies when she is serving for the match.
I think her mental state at that moment is that not only she thinks she is going to win the match, but even further, that’s she thinks she deserves it, mainly because she has done (the difficult part of) the job. That thought is really vicious, because while being true, it does freeze her momentum, until death happen.
She needs to change her way to handle it, or it will happen again. Today is not a semi-final and Sam was not expected to run deep at the AO, so it might ease a little bit the disappointment in a few days.
But the core thing is to change the mental approach of closing such matches while clearly leading the set and serving for the match. She can do it if she works on it, as she had recovered from her surgery within only a few weeks.
What do you think?