Na :yeah: Great attitude most of all, and some really great play in the last set too. She'd better defend her title.
The level of play from Petra in the first set was AMAZING and definitely good enough to seriously contend for the AO title. Understandable that she wasn't willing to fight 100% in the decider and adapt her game like she usually has done of late when in trouble - Na needed this win a lot more than she did.
I woke up at 61 31 Kvitova. It was nothing but downhill from there.
Story of the match was at the third set, 3-2, two break points, and Li hits a great shot and then another deep one forcing Kvitova to error. Kvitova throws her racket and gets mad. She won two pts for the rest of the match.
The difference in this matchup is really about the athleticism, and Li has figured that out. She's not intimidated by Kvitova's power, can redirect it, and then blast it down the middle to make the weaknesses in her groundstroke game very obvious, or at least exaggerate them.
Shame because in general Li has been a journey woman since RG and has never produced, to me anyway, all that interesting tennis. Still, good for her for the nice win and hopefully Petra rebounds in Melbourne with a title there. But if she has to run into someone who can equally hit with her, move, serve, I wouldn't put much bet on Kvitova winning. That's the real dent in her armor. Thankfully for Kvitova few in her generation have ballstriking skills.
This will be such a confidence boost for her, keeping her head cool and waiting for the right oppertunity in that second set. The third set was just brilliant from her, finally hitting super form and running down and hitting everything.
So happy for her.
Kvitova was scary for a set and a half. Na was scary in the third set. These 2 players will probably do well at the open.
Na, now you're really back. Well done! Win the final! :worship: