Originally Posted by cocoblush
^ my thoughts exactly, everyone over in GM thinks that the Cincy loss has motivated Serena (which it probably has) therefore she is going to 'distroy' Vika and win the title 60 60
. But the win for Vika has defiantly given her the mental edge over Serena, coupled with the defeat in last year's final i think that Vika is more motivated to win it then ever and now she believes she can win it
there are always a couple of matches that leave big marks on a player's career, which they will serve as huge boosters and ones that she can draw on to pull through difficult times. i think personally :
1. 2011 miami win after which she nearly retired
2. 2012 AO win
3. 2012 USO final
4. 2013 AO win
5. 2013 doha win
i also think some of her defeats to serena in melbourne had far much impact on her. she could always play serena for one set and a half, neck to neck, it's really only this year that she has grown into patience + aggression that earned her those wins. the cincy win though, it is one of a kind. it's a come-from-behind win, which she has never done it before.
as much as i like vika, if a 100% top form serena vs vika, the edge is always with serena. but now, vika knows she will always have a chance cos nobody can hang on 2-3 hours of 100% best play. and that kind of high level play endurance, vika has come out on top in mastering it.