Except she didn’t.
This is an interesting side effect of this fantasy game I’m in. I now find myself watching matches I would normally sack off when it all starts going south, which is quite instructive. I watched almost all of Mannarino vs Medvedev, which was an intensely boring match. Like the old hacker that he is, Mannarino quickly twigged that if he took pace off the ball and just rallied midcourt then bizarrely Medvedev would join in, and every single time would be the first to make a mistake. And that basically went on for five sets, except for a few spells when he upped the pace, rushed the net or found some sort of angle. All the way through you could hear the exasperation in Peter Fleming’s voice as he constantly suggested that as a plan.
And as for Buzarnescu, well way to completely distract yourself during the crucial phase of play in the biggest match of your career. Frankly quite pathetic to see her raging into her racquet and flouncing around the court when all she needed to do was calm down and continue feeding Pliskova balls to make mistakes with, which she seemed right up for.
That and Keys completely mugging off, today has not been a good advert for tennis to me at least, with the sole exception of Monfils. I’m not doing this game again, no way should I be forced to root for Kevin Anderson to win a slam.