Originally Posted by Valkyre
Thank you for your kind words. When I said that a lot of people dont believe in her is based not on just this occasion, but what generaly I have dealt with during all those years, especially after the shoulder injury.
And I definetly can understand and relate with some of these comments, but most of the time it is really, uncalled for imho.
Uncalled because if you take a look at the WTA at the moment you will see there are not many players that are in Maria's caliber. Lets be a fan of Petra Kvitova for a moment. She wins Wimbledon last year, then what actually happens? Mostly nothing really. Lets be Li Na fan for a moment. She wins RG, what happens after that? Nothing. Lets be Stosur? Same and worse. You can even be Vika... she wins AO and then survives the first round of RG, only to be eliminated in the 4th round. Even Williams gets koncked in the 1st round of RG by some unseeded player.
My point is... why Maria should be treated so harshly sometimes by her fans? I can understand the huge expectations, I have them as well, but sit back and think this through a bit. What other WTA player could provide you with what you ask from Maria (dominate the game)? I seriously cant find one...
Lets remember what Maria has achieved since the start of this year. She went to 6 finals of a total 9 tournaments. She won 3 of them including a Grand Slam (completing career slam) and she reclaimed the no1 position. All that after a period of time where both the press and fans did not believe in her she will ever make it. She proved them wrong. She is the most consistent player and even though she was eliminated in the 4th round in WB, it wasnt by some nobody player we never heard of, like it happened with some other top players.
Some comments after her loss where very harsh and uncalled for imho. I always want Maria to win, but I can understand that she will also lose at some point. She is only human, she has been away from home for so long, her personnal life might be itchy, she really needs to rest mentally.
A lot of people did not believe in her all these years, that is why I made that comment. And I just thought that maybe after all she accomplished these past few months, that finally people will believe in her and not become disappointed or depressed after the first new bump on the road... I think her accomplishements deserve our belief no matter what happens.
Sorry for long post.
Don't worry, I actually like reading longer posts
Anyway, you put it very nicely
And it's great knowing that Maria has true fans like you and all the other here on SS. I like to believe I'm one of them as well.
She has achieved so much in her career, but what's even more important is that she is a great person who drives a lot of other people in this world to always strive to be better. Sure as hell she motivates me. And I'm really grateful for that.
Everything that she has achieved in her career and in her life deserve utmost respect and belief that she can do even better. And that's how I'll always feel about Maria, no matter how good or bad she is in her game at the time. I actually feel sorry for her "fans" who can't see it and feel the same way.
And finally, I'll just add that I'm so proud of our girl for making all of her dreams come true in the last couple of months, and I'm proud that I'm her fan