And so...that takes us to the end of Monica's battle to defend her ranking points earned in the early part of last year. Could have gone better, could have gone worse. A tough draw at the AO didn't help. The loss to CSN in Paris wasn't great but then Carla was playing pretty well in hindsight but mostly it's been a pretty decent effort and overall I'd say Monica has probably played better this year than she did in the corresponding period last year even if she won few points.
But now we arrive at a very nice position. Monica is still top 75 and she now goes into the next 7 and a half months with just a meager 120 ranking points to defend. Yup...virtually zilch. So basically we can now sit back and watch Monica play the next few months knowing the only direction she can go with her ranking is up. If Monica can maintain her current form I'm optimistic this year could go very well. We just have to hope Monica doesn't replicate last year's 8 month WTA dead women walking routine.
Anything else than a SF would be a huge disappointment for me. AMG didn't play badly in Dubai, but she is very inconsistent these days and her last matches against defensive minded players were rather underwhelming. Monica was very good in Doha from what I've seen and had a week off to prepare now.
In my native language they say:
A L' E' INUTIL INSEGNA' AL MUS, SI PIART TIMP E IN PLUI SI INFASTIDIS LA BESTIE!!
(translated) There is no gain in teaching the donkey, you waste your time and annoy the beast