I think the mental aspect has such a big impact on this match-up these days. You can see how nervous Vika gets on some big points and makes stupid errors and decision she usually wouldn't make. When she's getting nervous she starts to make tons of DFs and the match's pretty much over. The first set was great tennis though
I really thought Vika could've made this closer than 4 and 4. Groundstrokes were way better than yesterday, but really stupid decisions and lack of concentration and alertness made her lose points she should have never lost.
Oh well onwards to tomorrow's match, hopefully a comfortable win for once.
I didn't see the match but it's long odds Vika didn't give it all. There was nothing at stake apart from some dollars. She sure needs to be fit tomorrow so she couldn't afford some epic battle against Serena today then losing in 2 against Li due to exhaustion. Serena actually hinted at this when she said she'd probably play Victoria in the final.
She'll win tomorrow, maybe in 3. Sometimes Li comes out guns blazing but she rarely keeps it up for 2 let alone 3 sets.
Vika Petko Nastya Aga Simona Genie