Emotional control

Family Circle Cup, Charleston Women’s Final: [CR16] Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. [CR20] Madison Keys (USA) In a match where Keys had the advantage of power, Kerber had to play smarter tennis if she wanted the victory.  Keys can quickly overpower her opponents, causing them to be discouraged by the ferocity of her shots; however, Kerber…

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Overpowered

Family Circle Cup, Charleston [CR20] Madison Keys (USA) vs. [CR66] Lauren Davis (USA) The pressure of playing someone ranked higher is always present, add to that the fact that you are playing someone who hits a heavier ball with much more pace and it can be overwhelming.  That’s what Davis faced today and after starting…

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Keys controls her emotions

Family Circle Cup, Charleston [CR20] Madison Keys (USA) vs. [CR107] Andreea Mitu (ROU) There could be no other outcome, victory for Keys was all but guaranteed against Mitu; however, given the recent volatile emotional state of Keys, nothing was guaranteed. She has many weapons, but mental strength is something she has to work on.  It comes…

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Mattek-Sands lets it slip away

Family Circle Cup, Charleston [CR40] Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. [CR176] Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) Ranking is not always a true indicator of talent.  Mattek-Sands is a much better player than her current rank suggests.  In a rivalry where Stephens had a slim lead in their head-to-head, Mattek-Sands was out to prove that she can still compete…

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Second Round For Shelby Rogers

Family Circle Cup, Charleston [CR64] Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs. [CR80] Shelby Rogers (USA) Rogers got off to a great start in her match today against Soler-Espinosa. She contained her enthusiasm and stayed focused on her goal, win the match.  Getting to the second round for Rogers was a major accomplishment as she has struggled this year…

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