Originally Posted by dsanders06
I guess the temptation to dismiss the final is because it was "just" Errani, whereas the SF was against someone who beat her in a Slam final less than 12 months before. But I do agree her play in the final was very good too. I'm not sure it was *quite* as good as the SF for me, purely because in the SF she hit a few more "WOW!" shots, whereas in the final she was playing a more deliberately high-% game. But, with that said, for all the talk from some GMers of Maria's Career Grand Slam being undeserved because she supposedly didn't adapt her game to clay, imo Maria's play in that RG final was about as close to a classic claycourt strategy as we're going to get from any top player in the post-Henin WTA.
Well, except for Maria, Errani has been the most successful claycourt player of 2012. People put a asteriks behind her titles of earlier in the year because they came in small-ish tournaments and because with her petite physique she doesn't look the part, but her making it to the final of the FO confirmed that she was for real. So Maria beating Errani in the final is not to be taken as lightly as some GM-ers try to make it sound, although everyone (including me) was expecting it. This Errani could probably have given the "cow on ice" version of Maria a run for her money. I agree that Maria now has adapted her game to claycourts.