Originally Posted by Chrissie-fan
Well, I like Na as much as Maria. So while I was disappointed for Masha I was also happy for Li. But I admit that the only thing I'm disappointed about is the margin of Li's win. If it had been a competitive match with both playing at or near their best it would have been a case of, "ok, both were good, but someone has to win in the end. This time it was Na, perhaps next time it will be Maria." But the disappointing thing from Maria's perspective is that Li played her best tennis in the matches where it mattered most (against Aga and Maria) while Maria played her best tennis against non-contenders while she played by her standards pretty poorly towards the business end of the tournament. Despite the convincing score she was already less impressive against Makarova than in earlier rounds while Li Na totally outplayed her.
THIS SO MUCH. While I don't question her toughness in getting back from surgery and putting in the effort to get back to her best, I do think her mental toughness on court against the best players will never return again. She's just shitting her pants against any top players who are playing well these days. Look at those SFs she played as Semipova against Momo, Juju Heng and Kimothy, they had to bring their best form to tame that resilience and fight from Maria.
Getting all sad now
And what's with this Vika hate
I don't love her myself but c'mon, dragging fellow SS posters down because of her? You guys need a drink