Boy, she earned her $700k this week. She went through Na Li, Ski Boots, Vika, and Ana, plus she had to deal with the ridiculous conditions in the final all without dropping a set. Oh yeah, and she won the doubles title with Vika. Needless to say, the kid was busy.
Vera played a veteran match today, handling the wind much better than Ana. It wasn't pretty. She was serving 70mph first serves and pushing the ball back in to the court like a backboard any way she could. Ana on the other hand stuck with the game that got her to the final, trying to serve big and be aggressive with her shots. If the wind wasn't swirling it might have worked. But the wind was changing direction in the middle of points and there was just now way the kid was going to be able to control her big groundstrokes. Tough loss for her (she had two set points in the first) but a lot of positive things to build on going into Miami and the clay court season.
As for Vera, welcome to the top 5 kiddo! She'll move ahead of Venus with her win. I would tip my cap but it flew off today.
(Pics from Yahoo and for Forty Deuce by Love All)