New Not a fan of the trend of Simona looking brilliant for a couple of matches, then getting absolutely blown out of the court by someone with a decent amount of power. I don't see her ever winning a slam on hardcourt now. In fact, I'd say Wimbledon is her most likely, if she avoids Kvitova and Muguruza, and the AO version of Serena
This is fair enough I think as any big hitter on a good day can blow Simona off the court BUT she's never done particularily well indoors and she came into this tournament having dealt with a nagging shoulder injury.
Of course, Sabalenka was sublime for the most part in their match, however I have a feeling Simona took a look at the draw, saw Vondrousova and Alexandrova in her path -she has a negative H2H against both-, dealt with both playing great tennis and that was pretty much it. Obviously if Sabalenka was gonna display a poor level, Simo would take it and run but that wasn't the case and I think she also maybe chose not to push her body to some great lengths trying to counterattack Aryna's missiles in Stuttgart of all places with the entire clay season ahead of her.
We'll see what comes next for her.
Today, a player I have been following for years has done very well for herself. Almost 13 years after winning her first WTA trophy in Tashkent, Sorana Cirstea defeated Elise Mertens in straight sets in the Istanbul final. Now, if you know Sorana you also know that on a good day she can compete with the very best in the game however her fluctuations during a match can easily give her fans symptoms of heart attack and, at the very least, general fatigue and nausea. Not the case today or this week, as Sorana didn't lose a single set and came back from being lead several times in her matches, such as today in the second set as well. This is, all in all, a great story for her and there's potential for more as the year goes on if she keeps this level and focus. With powerful strokes, great net game and a good serve, the potential has been there all this time. Keep it up, Sorana!