When Jelena serves she is shaky too, Maria always has a chance to break. But now Maria has 2 breakpoints, but misses... 4 backhands in a row. Luckily Jelena isn't playing well enough to really take advantage of Maria's nervousness.
Jelena is going for silly dropshots, which is helping Maria out. We all know Maria isn't all that fast, but Jelena's dropshots are poorly disguised and are a bit floaty, so Maria is running them down easily to hit winners. Maria has won the first set 6-3 now.
Now Jelena's back seems to be bothering her, so she has called the trainer and had a medical timeout. Maria took the opportunity to practice some serves, which I think may help her. Her serve has been a little hot and cold so far. Well it's hard to tell how badly JJ is hurt, if her movement will be affected. I think the back is making her second serve worse than normal. Also Maria might have her rhythm put off by JJ's injury. But now it looks like the match should be Maria's - but with Masha you never know.
I think it's all over now. Maria didn't play that well, but JJ is psychologically beaten at this point. She was even crying a bit, I feel for her too. But it's good news for Masha. I can't see how this match could turn now. I mean, well, it's Maria, so maybe... no I don't think so. Oh now it's over, 3 and 1.
Less than 48 hours to go until the final step. I don't want to go ahead and give her the title, but she's playing absoutely amazing tennis. A little shaky in this one, but still... she is the clear favorite.
Just no on the performance tonight. Maria got away with this one but she needs to get that level back up if she wants to go all the way. Probably she thought she didn't have to play at her best and maybe she's right but that's not going to work in the final.
It was a fairly mediocre match from Maria. But she routined Jelena Jankovic and made the final and that's the main thing. But she needs to play better in the final than she did today especially if she plays Ana Ivanovic who pounded Maria twice last year. Ivanovic has a huge game and will look to pummel Maria's second serve which can break down especially against a top power player.
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Another good win for Maria. She didn`t look as sharp as she did in the previous match against Henin, especially with the serve after going up 5-0 in the first set, but she played good enough to get the win. Now she`s one step closer to the title. Hopefully she can improve on her play before the finals.
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