AO 2013 - Quarterfinals - Serena Williams v. Sloane Stephens

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Who will win - the Mentor or the Mentee?

Poll closed Jan 23, 2013.
  1. Serena in 2

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  2. Sloane in 2

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  3. Serena in 3

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  4. Sloane in 3

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  1. TennisFan436

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    I am most looking forward to seeing this match alongside Federer/Tsonga. Any predictions?
     
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  2. always_crosscourt

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    Oh my, this ain't gonna be pretty.
     
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  3. Overdrive

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    Won't watch this. While I praise Stephens for being still in the running as a teenager, but her and S. Williams are boring and all or their matches have been boring as well.
    I was actually glad that the Williams sisters lost to Errani/Vinci yesterday. ;)
     
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  4. iri10

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    Sloane clammed up when faced with power hitters in the previous rounds. But interestingly, she didn't do that in the first set against Serena when she played her in Brisbane a few weeks back. I think she felt she had "nothing to lose" or something. Ended up being a close 6-4 set where Serena didn't break until 4-4.

    I'm sort of interested for that reason - which Sloane will come out of the gates today? The final result won't be in doubt, though.
     
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  5. Soianka

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    Serena apparently re-hurt her ankle while playing doubles yesterday
     
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  6. Soianka

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    It would be awesome if Tsonga could win this year.

    As for predictions, unless Serena is very hampered by her ankle or has a complete meltdown, I think she wins in 2 EASY sets. Easier than Brisbane.
     
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  7. The-Champ

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    Queen Serena is basically a new player now. She doesn't go for too much on her groundies but picks her spots and pulls the trigger only when necessary which results in less UE. I also like the fact that she doesn't track down every freakin' ball, which will make her play longer on tour and win more majors. She will at least reach 18 this year IMO.

    The new Serena has:

    1. Better serve than ever due to less speed but better placement and higher pecentage.

    2. More intelligent on court.

    ---She is obviously slower but the positives outweigh the negative.

    Sloane unfortunately will lose against the GOAT Serena in two easy sets.

    American tennis is pretty much alive.
     
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  8. Brian11785

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    Is that true? If so, that might explain Venus' lackluster performance (perhaps "convincingly choking" to minimize Serena's court time.
     
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  9. THUNDERVOLLEY

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    Serena needs to stop propping up Venus with doubles play. There was a time when Venus was still a force on the singles tour, so the doubles team-up did not seem so one-sided, but now that she's a washout there, her only chance to win majors is as a doubles player.

    That said, Serena's singles career on fire, so she will have to make a decision THIS YEAR about the negative impact of doubles play on the stablilty of her body.
     
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  10. Sid_Vicious

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    Slone Stephens sure has the confidence. I saw her press conference the other day and it reminded me of Tomic's presser before facing Federer.
     
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  11. tennisaddict

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    Sloane lost to Vesnina last week. So please get some perspective. It will need Steffi Graf to step out of retirement for anyone to challenger her at AO now
     
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    if this newbie still has this Hero worship syndrome then this could be another boring blow out. I hope she doesn't
     
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  13. D-money

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    I just want to watch Serena lose. That said I don't think Sloane can be the one to knock her off.
     
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    Love to see the sloane ranger do it.
     
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  15. Relinquis

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    Serena will win in 2. Can't see it ending any other way, unless she retires due to injury... Even then...
     
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  16. kishnabe

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    Serena in 2......though Stephens will take the most games out of her since this event.
     
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  17. Soianka

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    I don't think so as Venus' bad playing just prolonged the match.

    They served for it twice in the 2nd set. Had Venus played a little better, they would have won pretty quickly and been off the court a lot sooner.
     
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  18. Soianka

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    Yes, people are really hyping this match.

    The only way Sloane wins is if Serena is injured or has an emotional meltdown.
     
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  19. TennisFan436

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    I am actually glad Serena is out of doubles. She needs to rest that ankle in time for the SF and possibly finals matches.
     
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  20. Relinquis

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    Match about to start... Williams practicing serves, Stephens averting her eyes*...




    * Kidding. That will happen after the first game. Serena serves first.
     
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  21. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Man, I wish I can win games and tank all of my 1st serves...
     
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  22. TMF

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    I wonder if Serena will cut out that "Come On !!!" in this match.
     
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  23. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Is it me, or is Serena not going after her serves?
     
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  24. Roy125

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    Serena looks sleepy. This isn't good.
     
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  25. iri10

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    Playing like a mirror of the Hobart match so far.
     
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  26. iri10

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    Whoops, I meant Brisbane.
     
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  27. kishnabe

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    Sloanes giving it away.
     
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  28. JadeC

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    Serena's awake now. Breaks, 5-3.
     
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  29. TMF

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    Just as i thought...Serena yelled out "COME ON!!!"
     
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  30. guitarplayer

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    Sloan...why so many balls in the net!!!!
     
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  31. Relinquis

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    i don't understand why commentators go on and on with this nonsense about Stephens being Williams' protege. It's not like they train together.
     
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  32. jonnythan

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    Anyone else having trouble with the WatchESPN feeds?
     
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  33. jonnythan

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    Because she has a game similar to Serena's and she's the young up and coming American tennis star. The fact that she's also black makes those comparisons inevitable even if they had nothing else in common.
     
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  34. guitarplayer

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    Sloan is an error machine now
     
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  35. Relinquis

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    Why isn't Serena wearing an ankle brace/support? Murray wears them always, Roddick wore them at times, Nishikori wore one last week.

    Odd that she'd go the taping route considering she's rolled her ankle at least once this tournament.
     
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  36. The-Champ

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    Serena mind is somewhere else right now....
     
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  37. klementine

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    Double break point Stephens......... yeah baby..
     
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  38. kishnabe

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    Hope this goes to a 3rd but with Serena still winning.
     
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  39. klementine

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    ^A 3rd.... yes..... with Sloane winning.
     
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  40. powerangle

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    Serena's right ankle acting up again.
     
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  41. BreakPoint

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    Sloane is doing her best Almagro impersonation right now.
     
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  42. dunlop_fort_knox

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    yes what happened?
     
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  43. bluetrain4

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    What happened to Serena's ankle?

    Did she tweak it again?
     
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  44. powerangle

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    The back is in trouble...wtf
     
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  45. klementine

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    Back injury.... oooomppphhhhhh
     
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  46. Relinquis

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    Tipsarevic could learn a lot about competitiveness and grit from Serena.
     
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  47. THUNDERVOLLEY

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    Seriously, all of that overwork with doubles is not sensible at all. Venus (and by extension, the family) needs to accept that Venus has the lesser career and stop draining Serena by dragging this doubles crap into another year. It makes no sense at this stage of Serena's career, and she's already accomplished more than enough (majors) in doubles.
     
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  48. guitarplayer

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    Sloan blew that game with foolish errors and a double fault. And....she's sitting in the heat!!! Go inside and take a bathroom break, get in the AC, wash off with cool water....refresh yourself!
     
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  49. klementine

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    Yes........................................... agree.
     
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  50. bluetrain4

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    I believe Serena got injured on that sudden stop near the net. And, she probably does need to have the trainer look at it. But, still, I wish she'd wait until the set is over.
     
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