Originally Posted by Maria Croft
The entire top 3 out before the QF's.
Maria failed at both Slams this year where Serena lost. This makes her loss sting even more actually.
I think Mexicola had it right (for once
): with the form Maria showed in her 2 matches here, she was never coming close to sniffing the trophy, Serena or no Serena.
It's the Australian Open that still frustrates me: such flawless tennis in her first few matches, but then just completely AWOL in the semifinal. I still think if she'd just been mentally a little tougher in that SF and been just a little more clutch on those key points in the 2nd set, that Li could've been close to cracking, and then maybe Maria could've rediscovered her form from earlier in the tournament in the final.