Yes, it’s baffling that Petra has only played 3 major finals. She’s had a Hall of Fame worthy career but still feels like an underachiever in a weird way?Petra's natural talent is so pure; I really wish she had developed into a consistent rival for Serena in the 2010's, it would have been incredible. But also, there's no point to the would've, could've, should've with Petra, because she just is who she is. Being able to beat anyone on any day? Not everybody has that! Not Iga!
I don't want to look too far ahead, but she does have a good track record in Stuttgart and Madrid, so this may not be the last we hear from her this season. Another major seems unlikely, but maybe this will be a jolt of motivation to keep going for even bigger things.
She has a decent draw. Rybakina should be a challenge for her in the semis though. I don’t think beating her is impossible but I think that matchup is a tricky one for her unless she approaches their matches with a different tactical perspective going forward.Iga really dragged my girl Qinwen today, curious to see if she works through this clay season with as much dominance as she had last year.