Re: [WTA SAVED!] AO R4: Stephens d. Jovanovski 61 36 75
I can speak relatively objectively about Stephens. I saw her play at Indian Wells two years ago and she has come a loooooong way. Last year around this time I watched her lose a grinder to Kuznetsova and was impressed with her progress. She continues to steadily improve.
It is true that her passivity repeatedly gets her into trouble. When she gets the lead in a match she has a tendency to start playing it safer and let her opponent into the match. Happened with Robson and again today.
For people who say she has no chance of ever winning a grand slam I have two words: Roland Garros. She's already reached the round of 16 there. It's great to finally see an American play good clay court tennis, even if right now she's doing it on hard courts.
Jovanovski was only in this match because Lucie and Nadia are both such colossal fails at ever achieving what they should. Her game is pretty one-dimensional and not especially attractive.
As for the reactions to Stephens' personality and interviews, some people on this forum need to acquaint themselves with the concepts of irony and sarcasm. She is mouthy, but she has a dry sense of humor, and for now at least her brashness is welcome.