One week after Vika reestablished herself as a legitimate threat, Sveta does the same, though she did in the only way Sveta could. By fighting herself. Let's not forget that she was on the brink of elimination to Sara Errani (!) two rounds ago, getting pushed to a 7-5 third set. But she bounced back and showed the form that won her two Slams, showing that blistering forehand and playing with a clear head. Well, kinda. For one and a half sets against Aga she looked like she was going to run away with the title.
But then headcasey Sveta showed up, blowing a number of match points to let Aga back into the match in what was a thoroughly hilariously second set tiebreak that left us doubled over in laughter. It was a pretty amazing choke job.
But after a bathroom break and a change into her Wimby whites, Sveta steadied herself, found her groundies again, and fought off Aga for her first title of the year and first in 10 months. Not a bad week for her as she also made her first semi of the year. It was, for the most part, a remarkable display from Sveta. She reminded me once again why she can beat anyone on any given day. Her demolishing of Flavia yesterday and then Aga today was inspired.
I'd be remiss if I didn't give a shout out to Aga. She has thoroughly impressed/confused me for the past two weeks, displaying the crafty style of tennis that frustrates the best of them. The final was a reminder that the big hitters can hit through her, but to be sure, Maria (at Stanford) and Sveta in San Diego had to go out there and win these matches. Aga gave them nothing. I'm still not fan of her brand of tennis (sorry, I'm a Big Babe kinda gal) but I get it now. I will no longer give the Polish Ninja shit for being in the top 10. She has every reason to be.
I tip my cap to both players. It was a fun final.