Originally Posted by MSV
Maria plays well when she is more relaxed. There were no expectations or hype from the media. Even the bookies expected Vika to beat her so she proved everyone wrong. It is when the pressure is on her to win that she gets too uptight on court and she makes all those DFs and UEs. Last year, after she won Rome there was so much hype from the media saying she was the favourite to win RG and Wimby. That itself was a lot of pressure going into a tournament. It seemed to me she was really relaxed and happy from the beginning of this tournament in Stuttgart
Kinda true but at the same time, Vika was also the overwhelming favorite in IW and that didn't help Maria a bit. There was no pressure at all over there too but she still lost and played a crappy match.
In Stuttgart she was just the better player on the surface, her serve was there and that really helped her to be relaxed and destroy Vika in the final.