I disagree on the last part. No glory in a match like this, but plenty of glory in slams and other tournaments. She will always have the advantage that even if her ranking drops, she can get lots of wildcards to play where she wants. That’s also why I believe her when she said that. When she’s 30 she will probably play less of these tournaments (assuming a successful career). If she said she wants to do it for 15 more years, why not believe her?Well, a disappointing match. However I was saddest right after she lost the first set and then I pretty much accepted she wasn’t going to be able to fight her way back. She literally had the thousand yard stare in the first changeover of the second set that my husband and I both noticed - for our kids it always comes right before they are about to pass out. She looked like a zombie out there, only sheer will kept her even on her feet.
i think she still has many positives to take away and be proud of from this week. Sure there are still things to work on. But it’s a journey and no one said it was going to be easy. If she didn’t pick up any new injury I’d be happy for her. She was arching and stretching her back in a concerning way. Hopefully a physio is still on site to help sort her out. And then a good night sleep will restore her to a better state for Toronto.
Emma likes to go sight seeing a bit at the end of each tournament. I guess she will probably go to the pentagon tomorrow morning. DC is a much more interesting place to visit than San Jose. But the blisters and horrible weather are not worth it. I suspect that after this she’ll go to San Jose in the future.
Actually thinking about the future I’m not 100% sure Emma will really want to stay in the sport for 15 more years like she says now. What happened at this tournament was physically so brutal for her. You’ve got to love tennis a lot to want to keep going with it. She doesn’t have to suffer this way. Not only was it physically absolutely brutal but in the end there was no glory. 24 hours later it hardly matters how hard she fought through her second round match (and caused her to be too tired for her quarterfinal match). I’m sure tomorrow’s papers will be very critical and dismissive - maybe they’re already starting.
Anyway, this loss is not that bad. Sad about the wasted SPs, and in the end she was a bit exhausted (I don’t think she was tanking, but the previous fight still affected her, and she knows she probably didn’t have energy to win in three), but last year Emma lost in the first round against Zhang at this time. This year she made a QF.