Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Sloane disappoints again


Singles - First Round
(5) Christina McHale (USA) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 76(5) 75
(Q) Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) d. (7) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 76(6) ret. (low back injury)
(8) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. (WC) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 62 76(4)
Marina Erakovic (NZL) d. Anne Keothavong (GBR) 64 60
Vania King (USA) d. Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) 61 64
Heather Watson (GBR) d. Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 63 63
Melinda Czink (HUN) d. (Q) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) 62 46 75
(LL) Melanie Oudin (USA) d. Sloane Stephens (USA) 16 76(6) 60


Singles - Second Round
(5) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 64 60
(7) Mona Barthel (GER) d. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 62 75

Singles - First Round
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) d. (LL) Jill Craybas (USA) 64 61
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 76(6) 43 ret. (viral illness)


(LL) Melanie Oudin (USA) d. Sloane Stephens (USA) 16 76(6) 60 

I think I jinxed Sloane by picking her to go far in Stanford. She lost early in Stanford and now, lost to Melanie Oudin despite winning the first set comfortably. Not to forget Oudin is a lucky loser and Sloane's fellow American. This loss will definitely hurt. Sloane needs to keep her head in the game after losing a tight set and not give up just like that. Professionals fight to the bitter end. I'm sure her coach will give her a good scolding after this disappointing showing.

(8) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. (WC) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 62 76(4)

Another American falls. This time, it's last week's finalist, Coco Vandeweghe. Can anybody say 'fluke run'? Sadly, I think Coco's career will feature these kinds of meltdowns. Her style of tennis is too hit and miss and with her extra weight, she will not make it to the upper echelons of the game. She needs to find a middle ground and also work on her fitness. The strokes are there, but it's little improvements that sets the top players from the journeywomen.

Marina Erakovic (NZL) d. Anne Keothavong (GBR) 64 60

I'm sorry but how is Anne Keothavong the top-ranked British? Her results are utterly disastrous for a top 100 player. Leading 4-2, she proceeds to lose the next 10 games. Not sure what is wrong here. Maybe she wants to get back to London for the Olympics? Anyway, with her form, she is the player that everyone is looking forward to drawing. As good as a walking bye. Sorry British fans, place your bets on Laura or Heather cause Anne's going to be shown the door in no time.

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