Re: Team USA's Player of the Week for July 26th - Lindsay Davenport and Liezel Huber
Player of the Week for August 2 Goes to...
Coco picks up the POTW once again this week with her amazing run to the QFs in San Diego coming from Qualifying. In the first round, Coco beat Urbina 6-2 6-1. Next up was Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Coco was cruising past Beth 6-1 3-1 before Beth was able to grab the reigns and make it closer by making more shots and becoming the aggressor. Beth fired back with the second going 6-4. In the third, Coco got the better of Beth 6-3 to pick up the win. In the Final Round, she played Sloane Stephens in an epic match. In the first set, it was a holding contest until 4-4 where Sloane finally got the break and then held her serve to get the first set under her belt 6-4. The second set would be close between the 2 and go to a tiebreak, where Coco wasted tons of set points, but even saved a match point at 6-5 in the breaker, but she saved it and eventually won it 7-6(10). In the third, Coco stormed off to a 5-1 lead before then having a collapse to even it back up to 5-5, showing off Sloane's great fight. But Coco didn't get down on herself as she regrouped and closed it out 7-5 to qualify. In the Main Draw, Coco drew Gisela Dulko. Coco led 6-0 3-0 before Gisela retired with an ankle injury. In the second round, Coco had to play Wimbledon Finalist Vera Zvonareva. Vera cruised through the first set 6-2. In the second, Coco got broken at 1-1, so it was 2-1 for Vera. But Coco then got into the match and got back and even led 5-4. Then Coco led 6-5 and finally broke Vera to take the second 7-5. Coco was connecting with her forehand more and more, hitting deeper and more consistently. The third set started with holding until 3-2 where Coco broke Vera and the crowd starting getting into more and more. Coco was getting pumped and took a 5-2 lead. Vera got it back to 5-4, but Coco was able to break for the win 6-4. This was the biggest win of Coco's career. The next day was the QFs against Svetlana Kuznetsova. In the first set, Coco led 5-2 and had a set point at 5-3 but hit a return long. From then on, Sveta settled and Coco got into bad patterns and went down 7-5 6-2. This was an amazing week in Coco's career, and she is continuing to make her season better and better with the passing week. This phenomal week earns her POTW.
Lisa Raymond. Lisa Raymond for making the Finals of San Diego with Rennae Stubbs. In the first round, Lisa and Rennae had to play Kops-Jones/Errani, so they were seeking half revenge for Stanford against Raquel. Lisa and Rennae eased to victory 6-1 6-4. In the QFs, they then took out Govortsova/Chuang 6-4 6-4 to make another SF this year. In the SFs, they were able to beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Yan 6-4 7-6(4). In the first set, Lisa and Rennae led 5-2 before letting it slip a bit before finally taking it 6-4. In the Second set, they trailed 2-0, then got back on track, and led 5-4. At 5-4, they had a match point at deuce, but lost it and it went to 5-5. It then went to a tiebreak, where Lisa and Rennae picked up the win 7-4. In the Finals, they played first time pairing Kirilenko/Zheng. In the first set, they trailed 2-4 and lost the set 6-4. In the second, they trailed 2-3, but got it to 4-4 before losing the match 6-4 6-4. A great week for Lisa and Rennae to recover nicely from their first round defeat last week in Stanford. So hopefully they carry this momentum into Cincinnati.
Shenay Perry. Shenay for qualifying for the Main Draw in San Diego. In the first round of Qualifying, Shenay drew Michaella Krajicek. Shenay played great tennis to take out Michaella 6-3 6-1 to set up a clash with Jill Craybas. Shenay then knocked out Jill 6-4 6-2 showing off her great serving ability. In the Final Round of Qualies, Shenay then ousted Tomljanovic 6-2 6-3. Shenay's fantastic serving and playing helped her qualify with ease. In the Main Draw, Shenay drew Jie Zheng. Unfortunately for Shenay, her game couldn't work as effectively and she went down 6-3 6-2. Still a great week for Shenay to be able to qualify.
Sloane Stephens. Sloane for giving it an amazing fight in Qualifying. In the first round, Sloane beat Herring 6-1 6-3. In the second round, Sloane beat Greta Arn 6-2 6-3 to set up an epic clash with Coco Vandeweghe. In the first set, just one break decided it and it was Sloane who got it by breaking Coco at 4-4 and won the set 6-4. In the second, it was tight and went to a tiebreak, where Sloane had a match point at 6-5, but she fought off about 7 set points before going down 12-10. In the third set, Coco led 5-1 before Sloane fought her way back to 5-5. Coco eventually closed it out 7-5. Even though Sloane lost, she showed great character this week as no matter what she fought hard to try to get the win.
Jamie Hampton. Jamie Hampton for showing great play during Qualifying. In the first round, Jamie shocked the crowds by beating Kimiko Date Krumm 6-2 7-6(6). Jamie continued her great play by then beating Abigail Spears 7-6(6) 6-3. Then Jamie had to play Chanelle Scheepers. Jamie played brilliant tennis in the first to take it 6-1 before a disastrous 2nd to lose it 6-0. In the third, they both kept it close, but Chanelle edged it out 7-5 to qualify. Jamie gave it her best, but couldn't qualify. However, due to withdrawals Jamie got in as a lucky loser. In the Main Draw, Jamie drew good friend Melanie Oudin. Oudin was able to get the better of Jamie 6-3 6-4. This was a great experience for Jamie as it was her first time being in a WTA Main Draw.
Christina McHale. Christina for making the SFs of 75K Vancouver. In the first round, Christina took out Canada's own Marino 6-1 6-4. In the second round, Christina dished out the same beat down as the first round with a 6-1 6-4 win over Dabrowski. In the QFs, Christina upset 7th see Lilia Osterloh 6-4 6-4 to make the SFs. In the SFs, Christina and Virginie Razzano slugged it out early on with Christina drawing first blood with a 5-3 lead. But Virginie broke back and took the set 7-5. The second would be much easier for Virginie as she got through with a 6-3 win. Christina had a good solid week, losing to a good player regaining form.
Gail Brodsky. Gail for showing some signs of life and form. Gail has had a horrible past year and came into this event with some form from Lexington. Gail would have to play in Qualifying. In the first round, Gail beat fellow struggling American Asia Muhammed 6-3 6-4. Then she took out Dekmeijere 6-4 6-4 and in the final round she beat Fink 6-1 6-4. Gail qualified without dropping a set. In the first round of the Main Draw, Gail had to play Anna Tatishvilli. Gail just breezed through her 6-1 6-1. In the second round, Gail had to play top seed Yung-Jan Chan, which would be by far her biggest test in a long time. Gail opened up the match with aggressive hard hitting and got the break she needed and consolidated it for the first set 6-4. In the second, her game slipped as Yung-Jan's rised, as she eased to a 6-2 set. In the the third, Gail fought hard for the long games and it payed off as she was able to get the breaks and was able to pull off the upset 6-2. This is Gail's best win in a long time. In the QFs, Gail had to play 6th seed Virginie Razzano. Gail would wind up losing 7-5 6-1 to the French player whose trying to refind form. This week showed that Gail still has it in her to play beautiful tennis after her bad times lately. Hopefully this is just the beginning of her good results again.
Irina Falconi. Irina Falconi for making the SFs as a Qualifier in 75K Vancouver. In the first round of Qualifying, Irina beat Enderica 6-0 6-1. Then she knocked out Hendler 6-1 6-3. In the final round, Irina beat the top seed of Qualifying, Glushko, easily, 6-3 6-2. In the Main Draw, Irina drew Mashona Washington. Irina simply just outplayed Mashona and breezed by with a 6-3 6-2 win. In the second round, Irina battled past fellow American Lauren Albanese, who upset 2nd seed Chang in the first round. The first set saw Lauren ease past Irina 6-1, before Irina started to settle and her game clicked and figured Lauren out. Irina would then take the second 6-1. The third would be a close affair as only one break made the difference with Irina taking it, 6-4. In the QFs, Irina shocked and disappointed the home crowd as she took out 5th seed and defending champion Stephanie Dubois 5-7 6-2 6-1. In the SFs, Irina came up against Jelena Dokic, who was on a 13 match win streak coming into the match. The first set would be super close going to a tiebreak but Irina edged it out 7-4. In the second and third sets, Jelena's power game proved to be too much for Irina as she picked up the victory 6-7(4) 6-2 6-3. This week proved that Irina can turn pro and have great success. Irina has already won 4 ITF titles and this is hopefully just the beginning as once again this week she showed how bright of a star she is.
Alexa Glatch. Alexa Glatch was the only America representing in Copenhagen. Alexa, who is very good indoors, went to Copenhagen looking for some wins and confidence boost through qualifying. In the first round, Alexa played Tsurenko. Alexa was able to slice her way to victory 7-5 2-6 6-3. Alexa waited for the right time to attack and it payed off for her. In the second round, Alexa crushed Barbat 6-0 6-0. In the final round of qualifying Alexa played Elena Bovina, another player who has suffered from many injuries. But Alexa walked away with the win surprising 7-5 6-1 to make it into the Main Draw. She drew Wild Card Katarina Srebotnik. Alexa gave it her best, and was even able to take a set, but eventually went down 6-2 4-6 6-1. A good step forward progression for Alexa to getting back to where she was.
Last edited by Uranium; Aug 14th, 2010 at 05:16 AM.