Update, after a long game Morita broke Heather. Stick a fork in her, she's done. Morita's held to 15 both times I saw the outcome of her service games while taking Heather to deuce in hers, and forcing Heather to save break points repeatedly.
Oh dear. Made worse by being 6-1 4-1 up. Def not going to look at the GM thread...
That's 0s for both IW and Miami on her ranking the whole year and she had 3R points to defend. She's in a real run atm of tense 3 setters but lsoing them all. Perhaps people are adjusting to her game? Doesn't sound like she played badly today, just had no answers for when Morita played well.
Guess we'll see if the clay has any answers. Charlston is next up, after doubles here of course.
Heather says she is burnt out! Having won 3 matches since Christmas and regularly going out in the first round, heaven knows how she will cope if she ever wins 3 matches in a single tournament again.
Given the length of time between the early tournaments, if you lose in the 1st round you get 2 weeks off anyway so taking a break is not much different from carrying on, except that you don't get any match practice to focus the mind.
No amount of practice can prepare you for playing someone who actually wants to beat you, thereby doing the opposite of what happens in practice sessions, actually hitting the ball where you don't want it.