Originally Posted by Asherahpova
Still gutted, it was hers to lose.
I wouldn't be annoyed if Li had played her usual game of trying to outhit Maria, because when she does that she can outhit anyone á la Rome before the choke. What has me gutted is that Li played high % which as shit as Maria played still allowed her more than ample opportunities to take most of the games. It's that Maria didn't mentally turn up that has me disappointed, didn't hear a C'MON! once and any fistpumps were only half fistpumps after staring at the line for a while to make sure it was good, no confidence whatsoever.
This so much but I don't understand why she lacked the confidence and mental determination she was the favourite going into the match and had a really solid week
She should have used that to get herself pumped I think that even if both players played the same way but Maria was there mentally this would have gone to a third and it definitely would have been more competitive.
Originally Posted by Chrissie-fan
I think Maria is VERY respected by the tennis world as a whole. She's perhaps not respected by everyone on internet tennis boards, but frankly, who is??? If anything, 'hate' is a sign of respect on tennis boards. As soon as the hate stops it's usually a sign that you're 'no longer relevant.'
As for Maria's loss - well, Li Na is at her best a great player with wins against anyone. Losing is inevitably part of any players career, no matter how great she is. Nobody can win 'em all. But if you win enough like Maria has done everyone that matters will consider you one of the best of your era. Don't worry, if Maria would stop playing today she's already done enough to earn her place in history. But she has several, possibly even many more years to try and add to her already impressive list of achievements. And let's not forget that making a slam semi isn't too shabby but an achievement in itself.
Also Chrissie-fan it's nice to have someone more positive and sensible
everyone including me has been so pessimistic, your post made me feel a bit better and sort of hopeful