Ambivalence

US OPEN That was the overall impression on watching [CR24] Sloane Stephens (USA) play today in her match against [CR96] Johanna Larsson (SWE). I hesitate to say well done Larsson because I realize that she won due to Stephens’s ambivalence in play, which seems to be the theme lately. However, in all fairness, Larsson still had to play well…

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Distracted but not deterred

US OPEN Despite the third set antics of [CR76] Marinko Matosevic (AUS), Federer kept his cool and pulled it off in the tie-break. Matosevic hit some good shots, but his rash of unforced errors was his undoing.  Was fitness an issue or was it just his lack of belief that he could beat [CR3] Roger…

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Missed opportunities

US OPEN That is why the lower ranked players lose. They do not seize the moment when they have a higher ranked player on the ropes.  [CR90] Misaki Doi (JPN) should be in her hotel room with a victory, instead she left the court with a loss. [CR17] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) has been battling lower extremity injuries and…

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Shocker!

US OPEN She believed and could be a force to be reckoned with.  Cici, as she is known, put everything she had into the match against veteran player [CR13] Dominika Cibulkova (SVK).  The shots were there, along with the confidence and it certainly did not hurt having the home crowd cheering her on. Cibulkova had opportunities to win…

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New addition

[CR10] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) has battled injuries this entire season.  She just recently recovered from a left foot injury and is out again with a right knee injury, sustained while playing at Wimbledon.  She hopes to rest and recover in time for the 2014 US Open.

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