down-the-middle Pova is the one who is losing to any decent top 10 player .... Sometimes i don't understand why she even having zillion seconds to prepare her shot is hitting at halfcourt in the middle
It's like she's playing Li Na every match now. I think losing that match the way she did- molly whopping her way through the tournament then suddenly looking like a hot mess- did a real chaffing job on her confidence. That's why I believe beating an Azerenka here or Li Na in Miami will be key to her play over the next few months.
I don't like the way Maria has been going for her matches lately. No creativity at all, hitting down the middle most of the time, and her serving hasn't been that good either. I can't wait for the clay season, cause then it is when the true Maria shows up and plays beautiful tennis all around.
I don't think she'll make the finals here. But if she does hopefully it won't be Vika on the other side of the net.
The Navarro match was similar to 2013 AO match with Li, in that Carla was hitting many low bounced angle shots. The outcome was different because Maria was more match tough and that her serve was more dependable.
Today it is kinda Rubicon match, she was so nice and solid in the first one and kinda mess in the second (although she improved at the end). If she plays close to her prime today we сan expect the finals here