What a great match to win! I wish I had seen it, sounds like a great battle! I am sooooo delighted for Lisa treufreund - I knew she had to win this tourney when I saw the draw, but Lisa has lost so many tight matches, I am happy she's finally come on top and won herself a nice title here.
Great fight by Stevenson, she's progressing by leaps this year. Defeating her like this gives Lisa a lot of credit - I am impressed she found the fighting spirit, keep it for a while Lisa!!!
I of course didn't see the match, but two of Alex's match points were on Raymond's serve (when Lisa was down 3-6 in the tiebreak). For all we know, Lisa could have had service winners on those two points, so Alex more likely wouldn't have choked those.
Now, if she DFed when serving for the match, as both Capriati and Venus did in last year's Ericsson final, that would be different.
Congrats to both Lisa and Alex. Lisa is a veteran and I think she was expected to win easily. Alex has been playing very, very well so far this year. I didn't see the match but I don't believe "choking" is the right word to use to describe someone in her first final. It's unfair. I prefer to look at the positive side: Alex made it to a final and played very well. This will be good for her in the future.
Besides, Martina "choked" in the finals of the Aussie Open and Jennifer "choked" in the finals of the Ericsson but I don't think either of those girls have let that bother them and Alex shouldn't let this match bother her.
I hope Alex keeps moving forward this year and she just might go into Wimbledon in better shape then ever.