It's like cool epilepsy.
Sofia :hearts: Some lovely hitting.
To be fair, it’s a great forehand. Very compact (to my eye). But she doesn’t use it. That just angers me even more. Instead, I’m forced to watch her endlessly (and rather cowardly) slice that awful backhand. Such an insult to the tennis gods.
Are Barty fans still insisting she will be the best player on tour "for several years to come"? Solid, sound baseliners in Riske and Kenin completely deconstructing her game two tournaments in a row now. I'm already seeing the narrative is shifting from "she only lost once to someone outside the Top 10 this year" to "Kenin is an absolutely insane draw her first tournament back!!!"
Well, that's the WTA. There will be insane draws every week. And I really don't think Barty's 'slice or hit my FH very hard CC' game is that good enough to be replicating results like she had at Miami, RG (with that cakewalk draw), or Birmingham on a consistent basis. Hopefully Osaka or Pliskova snatch the #1 from under her nose.
But the question is does either one want it back? This might hurt a couple individuals on TF but even they might start to get it through their thick skulls that the best thing for the tour right now would be for a certain player they have a bone to pick with, for her to return to number 1. She can't do it here so it will be up to either Osaka or Pliskova to play hot potato with it until then. Knowing what happened the first time she held it I really wouldn't wish that top spot for Naomi, not with the USO defense around the corner. So I guess Pliskova should just bite the bullet and grab it by reaching the semis (or tanking before so it stays with Barty a bit longer).Kenin is dangerous lately, Barty looked a bit flustered throughout. Looked rusty and has opened the door for Osaka and Pliskova to snatch the #1 spot back.