She was almost crying with joy at the end; trying to believe that she had really beaten the reigning Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova in front of a large and supportive crowd on the Stadium Court at the BNP Paribas Open.
But Christina McHale, the 19-year-old from Englewood Cliffs, N.J., had done just that, battling back from a difficult opening set that Kvitova had dominated with her big left-handed serve, to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
There is no doubt that McHale deserved this success but, unfortunately, a lot of results in the last couple of days have been hard to fathom, primarily because there is a stomach virus in the air that has seen many players pull out or play listless tennis. (The officiating fraternity have been hit as well).
The local virus does not seem to have been Kvitova's problem. She was on antibiotics when she arrived and has suffered from asthma in the past. But the Czech refused to use that as an excuse despite the fact that she seemed to be short of breath in...