Well done Vika She must be super-exhausted and all anyways glad she qualified as expected and will will make the YE#1. Now time to beat Maria and I hope she makes the F even if she might lost for the 1 000 000th. time to Serena.
I've pretty much given up on anticipating a win against Serena. It just won't happen even though she's so perfectly capable of it and I'm tired of seeing her get so close only to lose relatively comfortably in the next match up. It's a shame.
Yeah, I have a feeling Victoria blew her biggest ever opportunity in the US Open ; she'll never get again (?) -- she'll probably beat Serena when she'll have lost 8-9 more matches again and the H2h will be 22-1 or something Federer/Roddick like considering they meet 99 999 times in a given season. This match-up is boring, insipid [...] and predictable -- if only it had to do with tennis but Victoria isn't strong mentally to do anything potent against Serena in a big match even if she would have her at 20%, totally resigned, defeated [...].
^^ I think she'll beat Serena sooner but it'll have to be on HC. Last match was a semi tank. Vika didn't look so great today , then again Li is so random that matches against her always look like a mess, even Serena couldn't escape that fate here. At least that H2H is fixed now.
Maria will be toast tomorrow again. The difference on HC between these two is much bigger than some on GM seem to think. Upset only possible if Maria is very good and Vika really awful. I look forward to it already.
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I much much prefer her to lose to Serena than Maria. To me, Maria is only about hitting hard, and yes Serena does that too, and her game is a lot about her serve, but to me Serena is better at diversity. She got better hands too when she needs it. Yes the H2H is terrible and will become even worse, but let her at least have a good H2H vs Maria.
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I think Vika would be extremely pissed if she'd lose her last match of the season against Maria. Hopefully this gives her some extra power for this match.
The whole scheduling is a joke though. In the YEC the better players should prevail and not those who've had the better schedule. Aga will be dead tired today and also Vika didn't look fully fit in her previous matches. They should all get a day off before the semis, not just Serena.