Hell of a final (or at least a first set) that Vika played to clinch her first title of a season and a nice scalp of a fairly in-form Masha. That first saw some nice hitting off the ground and if there are a few things I've been forced to recognize from watching a hell of a lot of Vika this week, it's that she is (1) a really consistent returner, (2) she's healthy (withdrawal from SD notwithstanding), and (3) when she's playing well she's like a muthaeffin' backboard.
But, no sadness on my part that she was able to raise the bear in victory on her 21st birthday weekend (as she consistently reminded us in her interviews, she's "leeeeeeeeeegal!"). She had a fantanstic tournament, beating Believe, Mono, Sam, and Masha, all of whom, were playing pretty well. You can't begrudge someone a title when they beat a bunch of in-form players.
No matter how much she annoys you.
She was all smiles and giggles in her presser, talking about the work she put in since Wimbledon, her old coach, and how all she wants to celebrate her birthday are "some cake, and ice cream, anything but salmon."
As for Masha, a somewhat disappointing end to what was a great week. She was surprisingly upbeat and positive in her presser. I think it was pretty clear that she ran out of gas in that second set. She finished her three-setter against Aga around 9:30pm last night, left the site around 10:30pm, and had to turn around and get ready for a noon match. Not easy considering she had the three-setter against Demmy the night before, as well. But she'll take a lot of positives out of this week in Stanford and perhaps, more dangerously, a lot of hunger for a title. Watch out in Montreal.