Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki called it the worst semi final they'd ever seen. There's not much to say to counter that statement. It was clear from the outset that unless Maria did something to force Caroline to play Wozniacki was simply going to stay on the baseline and push the ball over the net.
I think the style of tennis Maria plays, hit hard and harder, along with her limited ability to move around the court works when her opponent lets her set the pace. The problem with that is that when she plays a pusher who doesn't want to try and counter her game plan she is put in the position of having to scramble to find ways to counter her opponent. Scrambling is not something even the most ardent Sharapova fan wants to see her do. We saw a lot of it last night and it wasn't pretty.
What burned a lot of tennisheads is that Wozniacki won the first set 6-1 managing to hit only one winner. That's right: the top ranked woman in the world won a set hitting only one winner. Sharapova had double digit winners in the first set and got served a bread stick. I believe the final stats showed Wozniacki managing a total of six winners for a match she won 6-1, 6-2.
The argument is that Sharapova's unforced errors, which were also double digit, high double digit, were the reason she lost the match. When playing a pusher the opponent tends to start trying to force the issue and once that starts it's hard to stop. That is what I saw last night.
Wozniacki supporters say that as long as no one on the tour is forcing her to hit winners to have to win why should she and of course they have a point. If the WTA tour is so weak that someone can sit at number one doling out breadsticks while managing to hit one winner in a set that is not the pusher's problem. That is the WTA's problem.
As someone noted here awhile ago we are seeing the WTA of the future minus Venus Williams and Serena Williams. As long as the players continue to be mentally frail and content to be known as diva's instead of fierce on court warriors who demand that their opponent have to beat them playing tennis not playing at playing tennis the WTA's product will continue to be considered weak and unappealing.
Kim Clijsters minced no words about how she felt about the Premier Mandatory WTA tournaments. She said that if Indian Wells hadn't been mandatory for a top ten player she wouldn't have played. She went on to question a system where lower ranked players are able to pick and choose where they play calling it essentially unfair to the top players. No one raked her over the coals for saying that. I'm just saying.