Lena had a match point and, had she just gone up the line as opposed to cross court, she would have booked herself into the final. But she went for the easier cross-court shot, despite her post-match protestations that she prefers to go down the line:
Q. I don't know if you discussed the match point, but were you thinking about going down the line on the passing shot?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: You know, I'm disappointed with the shot because I'm very surprised I didn't go down the line. Because, I mean, passing shot, this is my favorite shot to make. And, I mean, maybe it was too quick, so I didn't see she was moving to cover cross‑court, you know.
She was very close to the net. I mean, down the line or even lob would work. But, I mean, it's a game, you know. It was too quick.
That's what you call a choke, people. When the pressure's on you fall back on what you do well and you execute, not try and be cute and tricky.
But to Lena's credit she kept on fighting and she didn't go away. She made Serena earn this one. So all credit to her. And I think this was a great match for women's tennis. For all the people (including me) who didn't give Lena a chance in hell to make this a match, she did and scared the shit out of Serena and all the American commentators wetting themselves over WWII.
So a tip of the Yonex cap to you, Lena. Much respect.