Okay, so, it has to be done. We all know it. Think of it as ripping a Band-Aid off. Do it fast and don't think about it anymore. So, as fair warning, I will cover the matches in the following order, in what I think is the order that FDers would prefer to read about them. This way, you can see the least offensive one first, and then if you want to comment, just click and scroll to the comment box without even looking at the other ones. At least... that's how I'd do it. So: Dina/Aravane, Masha/Nails, Domi/Agnes, and then... well, you know. Just up front, I only saw Dina/Aravane and That Other One.
Vika d. Ana: Vika played well, especially in the first set and a half. Her serve percentage was somewhere in the low 80s, which is obviously excellent. But the major story was that Ana looked terrified. Despite her impressive play in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, today she looked as if-- once matched against an opponent who was a real threat-- she had absolutely no belief that she could control the match. She had some spots of good play, particularly in the first half of the first set and the last half of the second, and there were some excellent rallies in those portions of the match. But mostly, she looked scared. Tentative shotmaking, overhitting, that toss... it's heartbreaking to watch an athlete who's obviously battling herself as much or more than she's battling her opponent, and that's what Ana looked like today. As for the reports of neck pain and dizzyness, hopefully it's nothing serious and can be taken care of relatively quickly.