This win means so much for Maja, after depression she got through. It would be amazing to see her in R2.
as you can see from the total points won, maja won it over smart play and looked for the momentum shifts through letting Coco to choke on her shots. she accepted Coco`s physical superiority and sticked to the game discipline . She pushed the ball back hard by keeping it simple. Maja has never made Vandeweghe to feel like she is smarter to win this match. the only moment she reflected this was on coco`s serve in the 3rd game, maja tried to win the point in a net shots exchange by displaying her smart play. like she clearly conveyed that she is cleverer than her opponent with that shot. coco received that message and tilted and immediately held her serve and found a break point in the next game. Maja quickly returned to her original invisible plan and backed to her humble game play.
yeah it would have been an award for her ego like she might have thought that she lost bec of the umpire. however what if opponent would have lost bec of that bullying and threatening?Imagine her reaction if she had received a point penalty...
Not to mention game penalty.
She mentioned something about training less these days to give her body a break. In the past she felt that she trained too hard, put too much pressure on herself all the time, and it led to burnout and also injury woes.Maia's body is now more massive. I wonder if it's the effect of strength training or the antidepressants though. Mirtazapine makes you fat.
The most important thing is that she advanced to the tournament! As someone who suffers from depression I am very happy about her success!
Honestly, if she remains free of injuries and mental problems, under the right guidance I can imagine her in a few years becoming better than, let's say, current Kasatkina. She has a great feeling in her hand, you can learn a lot of things, but you can't learn that. And she's a lefty, that can be an advantage on it's own.Great result, watched that little woman from Poland in junior doubles final in Australian Open and she looks like have a hand of tennis god, her variety is amazing, hope to see her in top100 ASAP because she reminds me Ninja Radwanska in her skills.