Re: Halep's ankle - the Achilles heel of success?
Haven't you seen the Halep-Svitolina match?!? Halep was leading to 2-1 in the 1st set, after GIFTING her 2nd service game to Svitolina (at this point she had NO break advantage), and still the match was already over. (Well, this time Simona hasn't suffered an injury.)
On the other hand: when Zhang was leading to 4-1 to Simona in the 1st set, was that a big lead? No. Why is this virtual "logical discrepancy"?!?
The thing is determined by the maximum level that a girl can play when it is needed. With a +2 AM/game advantage the player can regularly come back from being 1-5 down, while if a player can play above +3 AM/game, it is almost impossible to beat her. (But if I remember well, you NEVER took the effort to understand how the AM/game is calculated and why it is important.)
Do you also remember well that no one really gives a flying rat about the whole AM/game thing?
Oh, as if you had no choice? There's a moment, there's always a moment, "I can do this, I can give into this, or I can resist it", and I don't know when your moment was, but I bet you there was one.