Yeah but it was nerves / panic attack. Maybe a bit the heat / humidity, but nothing else. Physically she was more than fine. I’m glad she fought through it. Actually, after that moment (3*-4 in the first) she won 9 of the following 11 games. Overcoming this will probably give her confidence going forward. She struggled with heat in USO QR2 too, but in the end somehow managed to hold, then break, and win the second set 7-5. First set here looked similar. The opponent was also similar level.Yeah, I agree. She looked good through most of the match. I wouldn't be surprised if whatever she was suffering from mid-match in Set 1 took a lot of emotional energy out of her.
In the next match she should be good to go if she plays aggressive and hitting through the ball with pace and purpose like she was doing in the last 4-5 games.
I think it was her nerves which hindered her at the beginning, preventing her from doing so. I mean she pretty much admitted it. Her interview was very honest. I’m glad she’s admitting that she feels the pressure because that’s the right direction to overcome it.
So, next time if she starts playing like in the last 4-5 games today, but from the start, she’s good to go.
There’s no other way around it, she needs MATCHES. That’s she only way she can build form gradually. The last 4 games of today are the place to start building on. I think if she has let go of the initial nerves we might see that kind of Emma since the beginning, next time. Then she’s in business.