Maria had no business winning this match. She's not moving well and her serve is not even close to a weapon. After taking the first set 62 it seems like the tank was out of gas she dropped the second set to Nads, 36.
Then came the third, where Mash quickly found herself a break down and serving at 2-4. And holy shit, Nads had break point to go up 5-2. So what did Mash do? She served three unreturnable serves, one of which was an ace. In the third set. On a bum shoulder. And you're telling me this kid doesn't know how to fight?
It was awesome to watch. And to be clear, Nads didn't go away completely. She still gutted out some solid points and it looked like she might eventually weather the storm. But Mash just kept coming. She clawed her way back to level and went on to take the last set 8-6. After the match Nads would say the difference was that she wasn't courageous enough. I'd have to agree.
Masha will face Yakimova next. Can you really bet against her getting into the fourth round?