Well, Alex (or "Lexy") fans: I saw the whole match and, take it from someone who likes to poke a bit of fun at Alexandra (for years), I can say a great many positive things about her loss to Julia, even if it is against my "instinct".
No, I have to give a great deal of credit to Alexandra, here, because she was thoroughly professional and she really Really REALLY tried hard, and her game was only a couple of "tweaks" from a win, here, guys. You have to see the match "live" to see how hard she is working in some aspects (or not working in others) and Alexandra converted me from a "fairweather friend" to a "fan" due to her efforts today.
I have MASSIVE amounts of photos from the whole thing, so if anyone wants to see them, I will post them in the next e-mail, or just ask, if you are a fan of Alexandra.
She really fought her ass off, guys. Boserup is a tough match-up for her. Julia is a tall, scrappy, but also very gifted "footwork" girl. Alexandra is/was superior to her in every department except ... timing.
Alex saved five match points in this loss, which tells me she is not to be laughed-at. I really enjoyed Alex's fighting spirit in the most unexpected times, and the crowd did as well.
Alexandra started off horrifically slowly. One thing that is "immediate" about observing Boserup is that her strokes do not have the depth or penetration of Alexandra's, but Boserup is extremely superior in terms of footwork. Not speed, necessarily -- because Alexandra can launch into a sprint that would stun you, but she does not have the point-by-point footwork down. Boserup is not so much "fast" as she is "good & squeaky", i.e. you hear her sneakers on court at all times, and she consolidates her steps, and she anticipates extremely well.
Every game in this match was hard-fought; Boserup was not the most talented player, but she was the smarter player.
Alexandra started very slowly, not able to find her range at all, and only toward the end of the first set did she begin to seem to get a grip.
Of course, both coaches were "called out" in the first set (when Boserup was clearly in control). Out came the creepy figure of Samantha Stevens. Let it be said: I think this mother has RUINED Alexandra's chances for advancement with her weird "Svengali control" for well over a decade, and Alexandra is an adult ( gee, 30 years old, now), so she could have personally changed the course of her trajectory.
She did not, or could not change that, so here we see a brilliant player with a broken approach to the game in every way.
Anyhow, the mother's advice could not save her. I would like to confirm that Alexandra played several "Top 20" (I Can't Believe It!) winners, and she bombed-in some serves worthy of Top 20-50 stars. She was outmaneuvered in set 1, because Boserup is not only steady, but she is deceptively fast, with a nice edge of topspin on her strokes. Boserup could not obviously handle the few aces served by Alexandra, but she really handled some big first serves with smarts. Deep and making Alexandra RUN ... which is doom (for Alexandra).
Alexandra was, pretty much, a "brilliant mess" in the first set. [It is like the genius who can crush anyone on earth IF THEY ONLY HAD THE PROPER COACHING). She was so eager, and you could see that she was, but yet her shot selection was uncertain (for example: Alexandra, when not knocking topspin, could not decide between defensive and offensive backhand-slice; the hesitant approach failed her constantly) and Boserup, quite frankly, could handle Alexandra's massive first serves with relative ease, as I said.
In set two, who knows.
The entire crowd was "into it" because Alexandra started to show a bit more of her range, as if she were handing out snack-food: i.e. one or two Sharapova-caliber winners of the forehand side; two Serena-type aces; four Heninesque rushes to the net!
Alexandra truly began to use slice as a devastating weapon in set 2, keeping it deep, crafty, noisy (yes she grunts) and wide, and it just about derailed Boserup. Not only that, Alaexandra hit some aces on both first and second serve (!!!!) that made the crowd flip out of their minds. Like I said -- she show flashes of Top 20 giftedness. She blistered some forehand winners that wowed everyone, particularly since we had just watched the boredom of Ash Weinhold scratch-her-ass through the previous match at much lower-octane,against Ahn.
Alex fought. She displayed a tiddly, itty-bitty little glimpse of "greatness", and she also (as I said) saved five match points and many break points in the end. In the beginning of the second set, Alexandra opened-up with an "almost Federesque" combination of smart offensive-defense and defensive-offense. The crowd was in "awe" at the occasional mesmerizing winner, and it was clear that Alexandra was the far more naturally "gifted" player, and the far more imposing player, but Boserup just played better.
Alexandra got her game going and should have taken the second set. Ugh -- horriffic double-faults were part of it, and most of all were the worn-out mishits. Alexandra (bless her) is not in anywhere near the kind of shape that these scrappy-types (like Boserup) are in. Alexandra really thrilled us by staying in many long points in the second set, but most of those points were won by Boserup. The last several games of the set went to, like 6 deuces each. Alexandra was fighting for her life out there. We all were pulling for her. No one held a thing against her or her m.o.m. (ugh)
I will be honest -- I really do like Alexandra, now, and have always seen her basic potential, but the potential is over. Boserup does not have half her giftedness, but Alexandra has been cut-off from the technical help that she truly needs, and it is no longer the fault (allegedly) of just the mother. Alexandra is a grown woman over 30! Plus, she is not in lousy shape, but she is not in "I want to make a statement" shape. That's a flat-out fact. Too heavy. That may be all well & good if you can huff & puff to the ball and still wing-off a regular winner every time, like post-stabbing Seles. But ...
I give her credit for showing great talent, today, but also I give her great questions ("Whah? Huh? Why?) and I think she is far, far greater than mediocrity.