I feel for Maria suffering another devastating doubles loss this year.
It's just unbelievable because I thought she was better than this.
Todays doubles loss is a ridiculous loss for Kiri and Nadia against 2 power puff players on a hard court. The Russians just beat the mighty Williams sisters and then choked the first and third sets away today This may well be the worse loss Maria and Nadia have ever had together. This is much worse than the tough loss to the Williams sisters at Wimbledon. Thank God todays crushing doubles loss was only a quarterfinal and not the final. That would have been even worse.
I mean Kiri and Nadia blew the first set after being up 5 - 4 and 40 - 0 and then they blew a 5 - 2 double break final set lead. OMG what a disaster. This might very well be the worst loss of Maria's career in singles or doubles. Good Lord this is a nightmare for Kiri.
She has had some highs this year but she has had several brutal losses in singles and doubles where Maria in singles and Maria and Nadia in doubles blew leads in big matches. I doubt Maria will ever shake her ability to throw away matches she has in the bag. Maria really needs a sports psychologist. That's the only way she will improve on her play in the clutch and in not crumbling under pressure. Losing matches like this and the one to Hlavackova is not acceptable. Maria's lack of mental toughness hurt her so much in both matches. What a shame. If Kirilenko only had the cunning qualities of Errani or Radwanska or the guts of Sharapova she would be a top 5 player. And remember how Maria and Azarenka blew the 2011 Australian open doubles final to Dulko and Pennetta? As much as we like Maria alot of this is on her. She may never win a grand slam doubles title and that is dumbfounding considering how good Kiri is in doubles.
Maybe it's time for Kiri and Nadia to part ways. I mean they mainly came together for the Olympics anyway. And they did win a bronze medal in the London Olympics so they did accomplish something big as a team that means alot to them. I would prefer Maria's next doubles partner be on the way up in her career and that she has a big serve. Players like Kvitova, Georges, Lisicki, Barthel and Shvedova come to my mind even though they are not known for being mentally tough. They all like Maria and any of them would compliment her variety and touch game with their power games. And Kvitova has great ahnds too. I think Petra should play doubles for a couple of years. It would really help her already very good singles game get even better. My sleeper new partner for Makiri is Safarova. She has real talent and is lefthanded. Lucie and Maria are friendly. I think they would make a fine team. I would also like to see Azarenka start to play doubles again with Kiri. But I have the feeling Vika has put doubles on the sideline for the sake of her saving energy at majors for her singles game. Vika and Kiri were becoming a very good team when they broke up. The reality is that Maria and Nadia are terrible in the clutch and that is not likely to change as long as they are doubles partners. It's too bad.
I hope Kiri gets a couple weeks of rest and then is in good heatlh for the Asian swing. She needs to do something good in singles before the end of the year.