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Most of the time, when analyzing any player's game, the focus is on their physical fitness and physical weapons/skills.
However, even being physically fit and possessing a well-defined skill set does not guarantee success on the court. Those physical attributes must be combined with the ability to properly use them as well as a strong mental game.
A strong mental game can allow one to stay competitive within a match and can even assist in helping overcome obstacles to eek out a win in those tough situations.
Here are a few recaps from Paris:
—Sara Errani had played well and it seemed as if there was no stopping her. In her semifinal match against Samantha Stosur she got the winning edge, taking the first set 7-5. But in the second set, Stosur was clearly in command and Errani lost the set, 6-1.
Then, it was as if Errani filed that second set away, regrouped and returned to playing at the level that got her to the semifinals. She took out the U.S. Open champion 6-3, securing her first French Open final berth.
—Taking a look at the Jo-Wilfried Tsonga-Novak Djokovic match simply reiterates what Djokovic has exhibited time and time again. He has as much mental strength as he does physical strength when he plays. Not many players face four match points and are able to negate them and battle back to win the match.
—Dominika Cibulkova is officially listed at 5'3". She's even shorter than Sara Errani. That in itself is an obstacle for most.
Considering her small stature and a matchup against world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who has either won or nearly won the majority of the tournaments she's played in 2012, it looked like Cibulkova should have been out of contention before the match even started.
Most would shudder at the thought—but not the No. 15 seed Cibulkova. Not only did she defeat Azarenka, she did it in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6.