Really gutted about this loss, she and we all hate for her to lose like this because it has happened so often and we all want it to end
I can recall at least 4 matches within the last 2 years where she went up a break or double break in the third and subsequently lost 6 games in a row. Also she double faulted on setpoint in the first set for Cirstea, which she also did in her match against Ivanovic at the Australian Open. This was a big opportunity for Kiki to win some points
Didn't expect when watching livescores during 1st and bit of 2nd set
Kiki did have chances in the 1st set too, but 0/6 in BP.
Choke/injury from Tatishvili or maybe Kiki kept fighting and found her rhythm. Is always tough not knowing what's going by just checking livescores
Over the match 66% 1st serves in (71 in the 1st, 48 in 2nd and 81 in 3rd) winning 69%.
9 aces / 3 DF
5/14 BP won
4/7 BP saved
Why would Kiki have nothing to lose against McHale?
I would argue that she should win this match, and even when we consider the arduous progress she made the past few months, this should be at least close to 50/50. So, I'd say there is definitely pressure on Kiki. She really needs to start winning a few of this type of matches and I think she's perhaps too much aware of this.
Anyway, great fighting against Tatishvili, once again.
Believe me, in women's tennis 4 DF's isn't much at all. It's dead common. And Kiki compensates for it, she has hit 5 aces so far
Leading 63 30* now, keep it up
It may be dead common, but thats because of nutcases like Arantxa Rus
In my opinion it should be possible to fix that as a full-prof tennis player. Especially if you have a good serve, like Kiki does. And I do agree that you can compensate for it by hitting a lot of direct points, but 5 aces seems too low to compensate for 4 DF's. But of course, we cannot see statistics on unreturned serves or easy 2nd balls; so it may very well do.