All credit to Vania. She played really really well and took the game to Sam, daring her to be more aggressive and take it. And Sam just couldn't step up. This match reminded me a lot of Ana's match last night, where K-Bond just ran everything down and refused to miss, and Ana just kept waiting for her to miss. And just like last night, when Sam did try to play aggressively and pop her forehand, she simply couldn't execute. Too many unforced errors and a lot of confusion as to why her serve wasn't winning her any free points.
Hard to say what was up with Sam these past two matches (and even three matches if you include Toronto). Ever since her layoff after LA she was never able to get the rhythm on her serve. And so goes the serve, so goes Sam. If she can't rely on her serve to start the point in her favor, then she's fucked. She's not a great mover and playing defense ain't gonna cut it. This was definitely not the Sam that I oohed and ahhed at in LA.
And so C Note's stable continues to dwindle. Why do I choose the players that I do? Why???