Originally Posted by Trih
I don't even know what to say anymore. She has the ability to fuck up things in such an inimaginable way that leaves me no ways to hope in something good, for now, but as idiot as I am, I will start building castles in the sky as the next slam approaches, picturing her victory in my mind. As usual.
Sometimes I think RG12 was just a little payback for the bad years after the shoulder injury but now we're done and over.
I didn't read Open from Agassi yet, but I read a quote from it that
«a victory is not as pleasant as a loss is painful. And what you feel after winning doesn't last as long. Not even remotely.»
It's so fucking true
I was like that. Whether it was her winning the 2006 US Open, 2008 Aussie Open, or last year's French, I would always get these grand visions in my head that this would be the start of Maria's ascendance to the top of women's tennis and she would be THE force for an extended period with multiple slams and big accolades. And finally earning respect as a great tennis player.
But then she would never follow through and I lamented the same way you do. Why does she keep losing these big matches? Why is she so inconsistent? Why does she keep teasing us?
And as I took a closer look at her game and the player she is, as I said the other day, I eventually came to the conclusion that Maria is an overachiever and has probably won more in her career than she had a right to. There are reasons why she's come up short so many times. It's those same flaws in her game that end up biting her. No matter what sport you're talking about, if you're a player or a collective team with weaknesses, they will get exposed sooner or later. It's the nature of sports. Maria is not built to be a player of consistency. She was not going to be a 9-10 slam, all-time great type of player.
You can go over all the tough losses in finals and semifinals over her career and see very glaring reasons why she lost those matches. It's just who she is. Not athletic enough, not quick enough, not enough variety, not enough consistency in serves, returns. So we should be celebrating more the 4 slams and 29 titles she's fought so hard to accumulate despite being strapped with those limitations we've gone over so many times.
And I do agree that in a lot of ways, last year's French felt like a parting gift for Maria after all her years of hard work and perseverance. A lot of people to this day are still projecting 7, 8, or 9 slams for Maria when she retires. But I said some time ago that I'd be ecstatic if she wins one more and finishes with a nice tidy 5.
That's not to say I don't think she can get better and still win titles. And losses still bother me, particularly horrible ones like yesterday. She certainly can still win. And with some luck, a major or two isn't out of the question. But I'm just more realistic about her now.