I only caught the last few games...how long was Venus' back bothering her? Her serves were so weak and she was walking so slowly between points. She kept it classy and didn't retire though. Puchkova, unlike certain other players and to her credit, didn't have a wild, over-the-top celebration when she won. Niculescu should win the title.
Looking dead tired right from the beginning. With that back and that serving, what else could you expect? You fought well, Vee, but you need to do something with it because it keeps flaring up all the time.
Congrats to Puchkova, she returns well and has great depth on her strokes. Also, I like how she turns defense into offense so effortlessly. She has a bright future ahead of her if she keeps improving.