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Ciarán
Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:59 AM
Though she is the defending champion, our Sammy is just as famous for having as much spine as an invertebrate. Laura Robson has had two big wins in the previous rounds, has nothing to lose and will be playing without pressure. Sam on the other hand... How do you guys think events will unfold in this match and who will be the winner?

larsson
Sep 2nd, 2012, 12:02 PM
I think Laura's run will come to an end :(

mac47
Sep 2nd, 2012, 12:04 PM
Laura has generated her own pressure for herself by beating other slam champs so that now she is expected to win.

It will not happen. Sam is playing awesome, and I like her chances against even Serena at this point, let alone a teenager.

binky-GOAT
Sep 2nd, 2012, 12:18 PM
Unfortunately, Sam will win easily.

Talula
Sep 2nd, 2012, 12:48 PM
It would be such a break through for Laura to take this, and it would quash the 'lucky run' naysayers. But I have a feeling Sam will pip her to the post. But I'll be ecstatic to be wrong!

Mary Cherry.
Sep 2nd, 2012, 12:53 PM
Yeah, and she'll do some more bad dancing afterwards

http://i.imgur.com/5uWxZ.gif

Tennisvampire
Sep 2nd, 2012, 01:02 PM
Sam is winning this, I can only assume that Laura is mentally and physically exhausted after such an amazing run... Plus Sam has been looking pretty good at this USO so far. Anyway, anybody saying that Laura's run is accidental and lucky is wrong IMO. She has steadily been improving over the years. She started from challenging JJ at Wimbledon 2010 (when Jelena was actually playing decently), Sharapova at Wimbledon 2011 and Olympics 2012 (she took them both to a tiebreak of one set in each of these matches), and she worked her way up to beating Kim Clijsters in two amazing, very close sets and Li Na by demonstrating tremendous mental stability. So, in my book, Laura is the leader of the new generation of WTA players, and the one to keep an eye on in the future :angel:

Pops Maellard
Sep 2nd, 2012, 01:05 PM
Sam will most likely win...but then again we saw what happened against Errani at RG. Total collapse :tape:.

Mr.Sharapova
Sep 2nd, 2012, 01:06 PM
Laura has never faced such a serve in her life so yeah pretty much she's screwed.

Slamniacki
Sep 2nd, 2012, 01:20 PM
Stosur is going down ! :armed:

bandabou
Sep 2nd, 2012, 01:27 PM
Stosur has two weapons that Robson hasn't faced yet: huge forehand and that kick-serve. But Stosur herself hasn't faced THOSE same weapons yet either..:lol:

I think Stosur wins in two tight-sets, but Robson could well surprise us.

Mr.Sharapova
Sep 2nd, 2012, 01:30 PM
Stosur has two weapons that Robson hasn't faced yet: huge forehand and that kick-serve. But Stosur herself hasn't faced THOSE same weapons yet either..:lol:

I think Stosur wins in two tight-sets, but Robson could well surprise us.

And you think she's gonna face them now against Laura :scratch:?

jetglo
Sep 2nd, 2012, 01:39 PM
If Laura was going to show signs of nerves, there's been plenty of opportunities for them to show in the last two games. Having a day off will have to help her too. I like Sam, but how can anyone be confident she'll hold it all together considering her track record? :shrug:

Chip.
Sep 2nd, 2012, 01:47 PM
It's Stosur. Who knows?

KeysisGOAT
Sep 2nd, 2012, 01:49 PM
And you think she's gonna face them now against Laura :scratch:?

Well Robson's certainly got a good forehand, and her first serve can be brutally effective too, garnering her a first serve win percentage of over 80% against Na.

That said, I do find it hilarious that people are implying that Stosur is anything but the favourite to win here. I think Robson's losing, but I've been saying that since before she beat two seeded players in a row.

Sammo
Sep 2nd, 2012, 01:59 PM
Robson won't be able to handle Sam's spin and serve

JustAileen
Sep 2nd, 2012, 01:59 PM
I think Sam is winning but by no means easily.

Slutiana
Sep 2nd, 2012, 02:05 PM
Laura has never faced such a serve in her life so yeah pretty much she's screwed.
Robson won't be able to handle Sam's spin and serve

Stosur's game (both serve and spin) is at its least effective against tall, flat-hitting lefties. Obviously that sums up Robson in a nutshell so we'll see how she handles it. :shrug:

bobbynorwich
Sep 2nd, 2012, 02:06 PM
Sam has won a slam and is ranked in the top 10. She's got more than enough nerve for anybody who comes her way.

:)

bandabou
Sep 2nd, 2012, 02:07 PM
And you think she's gonna face them now against Laura :scratch:?

Well, Robson on the 1st serve has been pretty dominating and that lefty forehand has been deadly..I mean you saw how often she was making Kim go to the slides, no?! :shrug:

romismak
Sep 2nd, 2012, 02:10 PM
I hope for Laura´s sake she will loose this match. I like her, she will be great in future, win slams, but she is not ready yet. Eliminating 3x USO champion and retiring Kim + Li - in that form she had on summer HC events was alredy great, if she will beat also defending champion i am affraid the hype about her will be to much - british media will make here WTA Murray- hype and everything.

Melange
Sep 2nd, 2012, 02:37 PM
Any question starting with Will Sam Stosur have the nerve to.. gives you pause. The question could be "Will Sam Stosur have the nerve to defeat Julia Cohen?" and it would still need some thought

18majors
Sep 2nd, 2012, 02:38 PM
No, she will find a way to lose.

borrowedheaven
Sep 2nd, 2012, 02:43 PM
Clijsters and Li are both better players and a worse match up for Laura than Sam, IMO. But Sam has been playing very well so the pressure is definitely on her.

it-girl
Sep 2nd, 2012, 02:53 PM
I really think it could go either way. Laura is tall enough where Sam's kick serve won't be as effective as it would against a shorter player. Also not to mention the fact that Laura is a lefty so Sam is going to have to make changes to adapt to that. Laura hits big off of both wings and Sam's go to shot is her forehand. But the way Laura moved Kim and Li around makes one feel she will do the same thing to Sam who is definitely not a better mover than either of them. One would think that by beating Kim a 3x Us Open champion, Laura would have more than enough confidence remaining to play Sam a tough match.

slamchamp
Sep 2nd, 2012, 03:04 PM
I think if she had the nerve to beat Serena in the final last year, she can have the nerve to beat ROBSON in the 4th round:scratch:

NashaP
Sep 2nd, 2012, 03:11 PM
Laura is the most boring up and coming player. Her game is not exciting at all. Hope Stosur wins in straights

hobahobaspirit
Sep 2nd, 2012, 03:15 PM
:lol: at people thinking Laura will be totally caught off-guard by Stosur's spin. I'm pretty sure Laura has already practised with men who generates as much topspin as Stosur. And even if it weren't the case, the Adidas team must have looked and found someone to practise with Laura these last 2 days.

stromatolite
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:05 PM
Given the fact that Sam has just handily beaten a tall lefty in her worst match of the tournament so far, I can't quite figure out why so many people think those particular attributes are going to give Laura a big advantage. Don't get me wrong, Laura has a chance, but if she wants to win she's going to do it the hard way, by being the better player on the day, because Sam is not going to crumble into a quivering nervous heap at the sight of her.

C. Drone
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:13 PM
Laura is the most boring up and coming player. Her game is not exciting at all. Hope Stosur wins in straights

http://i.imgur.com/5uWxZ.gif

You should watch Watson then.

hdfb
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:15 PM
How could Stosur ever give you a guaranteed win? Hoping Laura causes the upset here. Losing to Stosur after beating Kim and Na would be unwarranted.

no-hay-igual
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:18 PM
I'm not sure you guys, Laura is very handy when she is consitently getting her first serves in, caused Clijsters and Li huge problems with it, if it's working, Stosur will find it very hard to get a look in Laura's serving games. However, it's all down to how well Stosur serves as well, if she's missing, Laura can give her no time on second serves and attack on her backhand.

I wouldnt like to make a prediction on this one, but i'll be supporting Laura all the way :)

tennisbum79
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:29 PM
It's Stosur. Who knows?

Exactly.
nerve can cut both ways for Sam.
Most importantly, if the nerve affect her serve, it will be a long day for Sam.

But experience will prevail and Sam will win

Melange
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:39 PM
I'm not sure you guys, Laura is very handy when she is consitently getting her first serves in, caused Clijsters and Li huge problems with it, if it's working, Stosur will find it very hard to get a look in Laura's serving games. However, it's all down to how well Stosur serves as well, if she's missing, Laura can give her no time on second serves and attack on her backhand.

I wouldnt like to make a prediction on this one, but i'll be supporting Laura all the way :)

Laura was returning the Na serve better than expected, if she plays better this match it will be quite close. That Samson serve is going to be in her hitting zone.

speedonthemic
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:57 PM
As a Brit, it's just great to have someone other than Murray to support this far into a slam. Win or lose, the girl done good. Go Robbo!

no-hay-igual
Sep 2nd, 2012, 05:00 PM
Laura was returning the Na serve better than expected, if she plays better this match it will be quite close. That Samson serve is going to be in her hitting zone.

Agreed :)

Wintermute
Sep 2nd, 2012, 05:24 PM
:lol: at people thinking Laura will be totally caught off-guard by Stosur's spin. I'm pretty sure Laura has already practised with men who generates as much topspin as Stosur. And even if it weren't the case, the Adidas team must have looked and found someone to practise with Laura these last 2 days.

Ignoring the Olympics Mixed Doubles QF, Laura says that in the past she has practised with Stosur so she knows what to expect. But then again perhaps Sam knows a bit of what to expect as well. Although Laura feels she is playing better now than even a month ago.

bobito
Sep 2nd, 2012, 05:40 PM
A big lefty forehand crosscourt to Stosur's backhand? A big lefty serve out wide to Stosur's backhand? Stosur has a poor record against leftys for a reason.

Stosur v Kvitova 0-3
Stosur v Safarova 2-4

Morrissey
Sep 2nd, 2012, 06:29 PM
Stosur has two weapons that Robson hasn't faced yet: huge forehand and that kick-serve. But Stosur herself hasn't faced THOSE same weapons yet either..:lol:

I think Stosur wins in two tight-sets, but Robson could well surprise us.

Stosur has a big kick serve BUT Laura is also five foot eleven she's not short. The taller women can HANDLE Stosur's kick serve. Notice Stosur has a losing records against Venus and Sharapova.

Morrissey
Sep 2nd, 2012, 06:31 PM
Sam has won a slam and is ranked in the top 10. She's got more than enough nerve for anybody who comes her way.

:)

Stosur also has more to LOSE she's the defending US OPEN champion and she has a lot of points and pride at stake. So the pressure is on Samantha not Laura.

aselto
Sep 2nd, 2012, 06:37 PM
Stosur has a big kick serve BUT Laura is also five foot eleven she's not short. The taller women can HANDLE Stosur's kick serve. Notice Stosur has a losing records against Venus and Sharapova.

And Vuvurenka.

Melange
Sep 2nd, 2012, 06:41 PM
Laura's coach will tell her to go out there and go for it.

Maria rocks
Sep 2nd, 2012, 06:46 PM
Unfortunately, Sam will win easily.

Why would you think that? Clijsters or Li certainly didn't. I think the way Laura is playing she has a huge chance to be the first British female player to reach the Quarter final of a Grand Slam for 28 years. Good luck to her i say!!

Still personally just focusing on Maria getting through the rounds mind you. :)

pav
Sep 2nd, 2012, 06:48 PM
Hell I hope not.

gociku
Sep 2nd, 2012, 07:15 PM
Stosur tends to be mentally tough at this slam.
She won't lose to Sarah Robson but Extremely Injured will eat her up, unfortunately.

tennisfan146
Sep 2nd, 2012, 07:40 PM
Having beaten Clijsters and Li, I can see no reason why she couldn't cause an upset here. Stosur is the obvious favourite, but she's also had a fair share of WTF losses. I wouldn't too surprised if she lost that one.

Cloon76
Sep 2nd, 2012, 07:43 PM
Should be an interesting match and if Laura brings the game and mental strength that saw off Kim @ Li Na it should be close.

Mr.Sharapova
Sep 2nd, 2012, 09:40 PM
Well, Robson on the 1st serve has been pretty dominating and that lefty forehand has been deadly..I mean you saw how often she was making Kim go to the slides, no?! :shrug:

It's a completely different situation in my opinion. I can't see how Robson would handle Stosur's outwide kick serve for example:shrug:.

If Stosur serves well and uses the kicker especially to Robson's backhand then Laura will be toast.