Re: The Championships, Wimbledon
I’ve had this match recorded on my DVR but could bring myself to watch. I was on the hill on Monday watching with lots of cheering Brits but could barely look. My super tense feeling was Kvitova was full of errors in sets 2 and 3 and only her stubborn mentality - and a few nerves from Konta - let her back in at 1-5 down in the third. She had chances but credit to a solid Konta.
Made myself watch the first set today and while Petra started really really well, Konta was never blown away like previous opponents. She was a big step up in quality for Petra, plus she was coming off a SF at RG, 2 other finals and another great comeback win over Stephens. Petra was coming off a much less confident run. She’d lost badly to Bertens in Madrid and was being outplayed by Sakkari before retiring with a leg injury, then that muscle tear had her out for 6 weeks. Petra gave nothing away about the state of the arm during the tournament but I thought she looked really glum in her press conference after her R3 win. However I think it was match toughness and maybe a doubt about her arm that made the difference. Don’t think I can watch sets 2 and 3!
In the first set I didn’t like the ‘pojd’s Petra was doing - they were her rather desperate, screechy stressed ones rather than the triumphant bellow we get when she is feeling good. She was clearly super tense and it gave me nasty Sasnovic vibes. So I was glad it wasn’t a lame ending and Petra did put up a fight in the end.
However for someone as nice as Petra to duck out of a press conference was also very odd. Not sure when she has done that before. This was a really disappointing loss for us fans, but for tennis watchers, it wasn’t as big a shock as Barty and Pliskova losing. Was it the arm? Was there something else? Everyone has been talking that the courts are playing slow - not good news for Petra. Maybe she is just feeling it is never going to happen again here and was really thinking this was her chance? Still don’t believe it - she might have felt confident about getting through Barbora but Serena was lurking and then Simona, so the title was always going to be really really tough coming off the injury break. Guess we will never know what the reason was...
The hope has to be that she didn’t do any further damage to her arm and she can push on during the US hardcourt season and Asia.
Steffi Graf Justine Henin
Elena Dementieva Angelique Kerber Amelie Mauresmo
Simona Halep Jelena Ostapenko Kiki Bertens Barbora Strycova Maria Sharapova