Maria's matches are very erratic. You never know what to expect from one to the next. She could struggle one match and then next round she would bagel her opponent. I get very nervous watching her play. Sometimes I stop watching when she's losing and then I get a pleasant surprise when she won. I will then watch her on youtube or my recorded programs. That way I don't use up so much nervous energy. We tend to make excuses for her. I know I do. It's the wind. She's not playing her best. Too many UEs. Her foot is troubling her. We can go on but at the end she manages to get to the final. I know Maria has it in her to beat ANYONE. If only she can keep it up and play consistently.
Next round, new opponent, hopefully better match than last one.
I don't think we have to worry that much about those DFs. Many players are struggling with the conditions. Kanepi made 11 DFs, Vera 10, both in 2 sets. Maria made 7 DFs in the first set, but just 4 in the other 2. I'm trying to stay positive for the next match!
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