Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New York, New York
Re: Do you get the hype about Stephens?
Well, she actually may have a good career one day, given the fact it's not like other girls her age seem to be much better
1. Yes, the semi was a fluke, and it's not like from now on she will be in every slam semi. I mean, even Fabiola Zuluaga made AO semi with some luck, in the times when many good players were around.
2. It may be a good boost for her (if it doesn't block her, that is). I mean, look at Janowicz from the ATP, he was in top 3 of juniors, but struggled to make an impact on tour. Then suddenly *bam* final in Paris - it did help him top players had World Tour Finals in sight and probably weren't 100%, but a final is a final. Now, at AO, he finally had ATP game, and not the challenger game that he had before. OK, he lost to Almagro, but after a fight. He is not at Almagro (who was a few balls away from SF) level yet, but there's a huge gap of playing your everyday matches against guys 70-150 ATP and playing the top 15 of the sudden. So, Stephens may not be ready to beat the top 5 yet, but regular wins against top 20 players are possible, and this means a good rank boost.
She may also follow Oudin's path, which I don't wish her.