If Vika decides to play GOATly tomorrow after playing like shit the entire week I'll be miserable. I really hope Tommy came up with a strategy for Maria to beat her. I think Maria just loses patience too easily and frequently against Victoria. If she constructs points and doesn't just try finishing them after 2 shots I think she'll have a better shot. Mixing up placement and direction will also help; I wish she would hit behind Vika more, which would require more DTLines, which hasn't been a shot Maria employs as frequently as she used to. If anything, she needs to pressure Vika's service games more and not blow games where she gets to 0-30. She did like countless times in Beijing with brainless returns.
I won't be around this weekend to watch the Semis/Finals, which is probably for the best. Remaining hopeful as always, though