This is proof Amanda is not ready for the big time yet. Really had no clue on what it takes to beat Halep, what was that with rushing the net so many times when she knows fully well she’s a bad volleyer and haleps passing game is second to none? Absolutely brainless play.
Well done to Simona. This is the best I’ve seen her serve. Very smart also to direct most second serves to Amanda’s forehand, even if it meant 4 double faults. She was never broken today. Against that caliber of returner that was impressive. Still a good week for Amanda but she isn’t doing anything special at Wimbledon. We just got confirmation.
Amanda had played poorly earlier in the week (against Van Uytvanck), but at least fought well, and came through. Li had nothing on her. Today, however, Simona was all over her. One little mental check-out at 4-0 in the second, otherwise, it was all about Simona's feel v. Amanda's sore wrist, or whatever imperfection gets under her skin. That part of the mental game Amanda's gonna have to figure out. Do either Simona or Bibi want to do what it will take physically to meet Alize?