Originally Posted by Love Game
sloane stephens is "new guard" of women's tennis.
. Stephens has not proven herself as part of any "new guard," since she won one match thanks to an injured player, and lost in convincing fashion in the next round, which she well on her way to do before any medical time-out.
. Stephens has not won a major, nor is she close to winning one. Her AO run was not even as impressive as Oudin's USO run from 2009, where the latter defeated 3
top, healthy players (Dementieva, Petrova and Sharapova) in a row.
my feeling is that both azarenka's and williams' best tennis is behind them.
. The same crap posted about Serena last year at this time...and how did the year turn out? Serena dominating the last two majors, taking out any top player she faced (including Wimbledon's then-defending champion in the introverted Kvitova), along with making history in the Gold Medal match at the Olympics.
That was no accident, fluke or anything other than a healthy Serena doing her job. If Williams' ankle had not rolled in her 1st round match
, Stephens would not have been able to stumble her way into a semifinal.
It would not be a stretch to see her defend her 2012 majors titles this year.
stephens will only improve ... it's what's between her ears (her attitude determines her altitude) that makes the difference ... and women's tennis, itself, will be the better for it. IMHO
She may or may not improve. Oudin's truly impressive USO run had the talking heads predicting the same thing, yet this did not happen. Vaidisova also had impressive majors runs, and long before she retired, it was apparent her run was not to become something she would build on.
That happens more often than new players rising to become majors winners.
. You claim Azarenka's best tennis is behind her, when her career is still in the freshman stages? Funny you do not say anything of the sort about the loser in your avatar.
Bias is never a good thing.