Federer put it good at last year's Wimbly. The first week is when you lose Slams, the second is when you win them. Maria got through the first week and rounded herself into form today IMO. So go out there and WIN tomorrow Maria.
She'll need to go for her serve more tomorrow, she didn't today as JJ is no threat on ROS. Although Vika will have to do the same, just spun it in past two matches. Maria's return needs to be on though so she can pressure Vika into her serving standards of the first week.
Honestly if she can come up with the winners at the end of a gruelling JJ rally, and JJ was using lots of pace and spin then I'm not too worried about long rallies. Vika is a better mover but not as good as jj and certainly not comfortable on clay. She won't get those angled shots back as deep as jj did. Angles will be key tomorrow.
Honestly if she picks up where she left off today she should be winning. Just dreading coming home to read a flop result. A good start is a must.
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