She won easily without really hitting close to her level on second serve returns. Her rally game was really good today, finding the right balance of stability and attack, her return game off first serves was excellent too. The final break was a gorgeous bit of returning, classic Vika.
She didnt really use the moonball to backhand strategy that much did she? Saved it for change-ups, mostly played with depth and weight.
Her serve just about held together, Stephens was in several of her service games but doesnt have a great return game herself. Also, Unless she was injured, i'm surprised stephens served so conservatively, those midpaced 1st serves are vika's bread and butter.
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