Why don't we share our thoughts about MaKiri's season so far? I'd like to know your opinion.
I'm personally going to evaluate every tournament she played, of course you don't have to feel obligated to do the same.
Sydney: def. Rogowska 7-5 6-2, lost to Errani 6-1 6-1
Maria clearly wasn't feeling well during that match against Sara (), though she decided not to retire. It's tough of course in this case to rate her performance, I'll go with a 5,5/10.
Australian Open: def. Vania King 6-4 6-2, def. Shuai Peng 7-5 6-2, def. Yanina Wickmayer 7-6 (4) 6-3, lost to Serena Williams 6-2 6-0.
First Slam of the year, and it was a great one in my opinion. Kiri beat quite easily (in straight sets) every player she was supposed to, even though the draw wasn't the easiest one. She also defended her R4 points. Against Serena it was impossible to do any better, that's for sure. 7,5/10.
Pattaya City: def. Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3 7-5, def. Luksika Kumkhum 5-7 6-2 6-2, def. Elena Vesnina 7-6 (6) 6-3, def. Sorana Cirstea 6-0 6-2, def. Sabine Lisicki 5-7 6-1 7-6 (1).
The tournament that ended Maria's title drought. It isn't obviously one of the most prestigious of the tour, but still she had to beat some good players in order to get it. We only got to see the SF and the Final; against Cirstea she played one of her best match in the season so far, the final against Lisicki was so dramatic, sometimes I cannot believe that she actually could have won it after that big choke during 3rd set, on 2-5*. 8,5/10.
Doha: lost to Bychkova 3-0 retired.
I hope this will be the first and at the same time last retirement of the whole year.
Indian Wells: def. Christina McHale 4-6 6-4 6-1, def. Mallory Burdette 6-3 4-6 6-2, def. Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 4-6 7-5, def. Petra Kvitova 4-6 6-4 6-3, lost to Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-3.
It is unarguably the best tourney of this HC season, probably one of the best that Maria ever played in her whole career.
She had to pass through a 3-setter in every match, but still was capable to keep a great form until the end. The matches against Radwanska (that we did not get to see live ) and Kvitova were great, she was the underdog but manage to make two top ten win in a row. Unfortunately Big Masha was just too strong, anyway I couldn't be happier with Maria's performance. 9/10
Miami: def. Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1 6-4, lost to Klara Zakopalova 6-2 7-6 (4).
Due to horrible tv covarage all we can saw about these matches was live results.
But that R2 loss was so disappointing, we cannot deny it. 4,5/10.
Monterrey: def. Ximena Hermoso 7-5 6-1, def. Jovana Jaksic 6-0 4-6 6-1, def. Urszula Radwanska 6-1 6-4, lost to Angelique Kerber 6-4 2-6 6-2.
A good tournament indeed, MaKiri played a beautiful aggressive tennis every match, was just too inconsistent against Kerber, where she lost a great chanche to put a big upset and get to another final. 7/10.
According to arithmetic mean the rate should be 7, but after I'll give her a 8/10
p.s: I kinda noticed that I wrote a wall text, I doubt that someone will read everything.
I also read it (albeit a few weeks late) and it was really interesting.
I think I hadn't realized how great her HC season was.
Sydney: poor result but I don't think she stand a chance against Errani in the current state of things anyway. Errani is just playing too well. Hope I'm wrong though and Maria gets her revenge soon. 3/10
Australian Open: beating Wickmayer was a very good result. On the other hand I was surprised and disappointed at how little resistance she opposed to Serena, although we all knew she would lose. Still a nice result so I'll agree with the 7.5
Pattaya City: a title certainly deserved a 10/10
It's always a memorable moment in a career. That was just great.
Indian Wells: Another 10 from me. Beating Kvitova and Radwanska, along with other good players was impressive.
Monterrey: she did her job, so I'll go with 6/10
My arithmetic average would be 7, but since she achieved most of her best results in the biggest tournaments, I give her a 8/10. And it's well deserved.