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Joe.
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:38 PM
The dream run comes to an end :sobbing:

What an INCREDIBLE fight from Laura- saving 8 Match Points! She really couldn't get it going today but what a tournament for her and I'm so proud :awww:

Laura has displayed such amazing tennis this week and let's she can keep this form going! :hug:


Well done Sam.

Charlatan
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:38 PM
Dire. Robson's level dropped significantly from her previous rounds. Still came back from 5-2 down in the 2nd set, though

Sam wasn't even playing that well, bar the serving. That being said, she is so going to be eaten alive by our world number 1 next round.

cowsonice
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:39 PM
DEAD.

Floored by the quality of play.

Robson holds on but shows really flashes of her Rockson past.

Raiden
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:39 PM
Stosur wasn't even trying

Otherwise it could have ended 6-3 6-1

LMAO @ the clowns who said this would be the R4 match where an upset was the most likely






.

Sean.
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:39 PM
I’m disappointed, but I can’t be too upset about this. Laura didn’t play a smart match, she seemed to respect Sam’s game too much, which caused her to over press and make silly errors, and she looked emotionally & physically spent.

In fairness Sam is the defending champ, so I guess Laura’s respect was justified, but she really wasn’t that good off the ground today, Laura didn’t have to be smacking winners off every ball to win this (like she seemed to think). If she’d gone for more spin and margin and constructed the points the result may have been different, she was winning most of the rallies after all.

Have to say, Sam did serve fantastically, selection was superb. Laura’s best chance in this match slipped away when she through in that dud game right at the start to give away the break. As the match went on she obviously lose more and more faith in herself. That’ll come with experience though.

But, you know Laura’s young and Sam is a tough opponent to play, you have to be a very good match player, which is a lot to ask for someone as young as Laura. Regardless, she’s made huge steps this week and answered some major questions. Everything’s a learning curve and she fought right to the end.

Let’s hope she realises what she’s done this week and can go onwards and upwards. She still has some clear things to work on, footwork and serve mainly. If she irons out those flaws she’s going to have an absolutely huge game.

Gave Stosur a scare at the end! :lol:

Horizon
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:39 PM
Well it had to end at some point. Great run by Laura. The errors were too much in the end.

And congrats for Sam, got it done in the end.

God knows how was ever such a fan of Stosur though.

Craig.
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:39 PM
Ugh. This result annoys me to no end for so many reasons. Laura could've won this if she knew how to keep the ball in play. Sam did nothing well except serve. And she's going to be eaten alive by Azarenka in the QFs.

starin
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:39 PM
Laura really should've won this match. Way too many errors from her.

FedererBulgaria
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:39 PM
Too bad....next time!

Natural Joe
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:39 PM
Oh I'm just so glad she didn't choke this from 5-3 in the second :sobbing: Well done! :cheer:

mckyle.
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:39 PM
Vika will crush her, unfortunately

adner
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:40 PM
Stosur got 100000% lucky on that matchpoint.

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:40 PM
Laura :hug: this girl has grown on me. she should be proud of what she did here. just too many errors. was a winnable match. she's young and things can only go up from here.

Dawson.
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:40 PM
That net cord was the only way Stosur was going to win a match point :lol:

So many errors from Laura :sobbing: Those returns at 4-4 first set were crucial. Had she landed one, it could have been a whole different situation. Credit to Stosur for hanging in there though. The serve *worked when she needed it most and her forehand was good enough.

zigga
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:40 PM
Well done, Sammy :cheer: But did it really have to take you 9 match points to finish :o
Laura :hug: Still a very good run, hope she can build on this in the future.

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:40 PM
Laura :( all that fighting to no avail :(

sxeraserhead
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:40 PM
Good thing the crowd got a bit of a show at the end :lol: until then this match was dreadful. Sam went 8-10 games without hitting a single winner until Laura pushed her into being aggressive.

flareon
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:40 PM
No dancing from sam today shows how nervous she sure was... well done just managed to do it

Laura :hug: slowly becoming a fan keep up the good work and keep fighting.

MarkNL
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:40 PM
Sam gave me heartattack in the 2nd, needing 9 matchpoints to get it done :hysteric:

But she stayed calm and with result! :)

Into the QF :D

DragonFlame
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:40 PM
So disappointed with Li Na after seeing that. :facepalm:

swissmr
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:40 PM
Quality got much better towards the end, apart from Sam not being able to keep a ball in play on match point :lol:

Still, an amazing tournament for Laura, hope she continue to build on this! :yeah:

Cosmic Voices
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:40 PM
Laura what a fabulous week :cheer:
Showed a lot of heart and fight tonight and throughout the championships

Sam a deserved winner :yeah:

Slampova
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:41 PM
She made a new fan in me this week :bowdown:
Great run Laura :inlove:

Dav.
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:41 PM
I’m disappointed, but I can’t be too upset about this. Laura didn’t play a smart match, she seemed to respect Sam’s game too much, which caused her to over press and make silly errors, and she looked emotionally & physically spent.

In fairness Sam is the defending champ, so I guess Laura’s respect was justified, but she really wasn’t that good off the ground today, Laura didn’t have to be smacking winners off every ball to win this (like she seemed to think). If she’d gone for more spin and margin and constructed the points the result may have been different, she was winning most of the rallies after all.

Have to say, Sam did serve fantastically, selection was superb. Laura’s best chance in this match slipped away when she through in that dud game right at the start to give away the break. As the match went on she obviously lose more and more faith in herself. That’ll come with experience though.

But, you know Laura’s young and Sam is a tough opponent to play, you have to be a very good match player, which is a lot to ask for someone as young as Laura. Regardless, she’s made huge steps this week and answered some major questions. Everything’s a learning curve and she fought right to the end.

Let’s hope she realises what she’s done this week and can go onwards and upwards. She still has some clear things to work on, footwork and serve mainly. If she irons out those flaws she’s going to have an absolutely huge game.

Gave Stosur a scare at the end! :lol:

Thank you for the analysis, Virginia Wade.

*hingis_forever*
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:41 PM
Laura :hug: Didn't play at the level of her last two matches but Stosur was always going to be tough. At least Laura fought til the end despite playing poorly. Now please use this tournament as a stepping stone to future success!

Sexysova
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:41 PM
well, Laura, Laura, Laura, simply a great tournament but today she had an off day, nothing really worked since she got broken (40-15 up), fought hard but wasn't enough, too many UEs, couldn't handle Stosur's kick serve, you can gain only experience from this :)

omg, what a shame :( great last games, really entertaining, still a great tournament for Laura :cheer: Laura saved 8 match points, the last one was too much to handle :lol:

btw, I really don't like Stosur's game at all, her BH is simply awful (tough competition between her and Ana's BH) :help: her FH is good only when she has much time and her serve is not that good, anyway her net skills are just :tape: congrats on the win tho, you deserved it, hit less UEs :yeah:

Huntress55
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:41 PM
Sam :yeah:
Laura :hug:

Scrappy at times. Definitely didnt play her best tennis.. the end of the second set was the best part of the match though. Great stuff from both girls. Impressed with Laura, she fought well. Sam kept her composure though and did what she needed :)

Dav.
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:41 PM
Wonderful effort and overall tourney for Laura. She has a bright future ahead of her. :yeah:

Natural Joe
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:41 PM
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F-R-E-A-K
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:42 PM
Sam :dance: :) :D

Tweety Snape
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:42 PM
Not super high quality but damn. So much dramz. Laura the ultimate match point saver. :bowdown:

Great tournament for Laura, I'm jumping on the bandwagon for sure. :oh: Good job Sam for making it this far in her title defense.

Kon.
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:42 PM
An amazing tournament for Laura.

She was pretty bad today, making way too many UEs and going for too much when she didn't have to.
Stosur was mediocre today other than her good serving.

Great figthing skills in the final games, saving 8 MPs. :yeah:
Unlike the game overall, the last games were exciting to watch.

Congrats Sam! :yeah:

sunsfuns
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:42 PM
Too bad for Laura, but I believe this is just the begining for her. Probably another 2-3 years till her peak tennis (at least). Hard to see how this Sam could trouble Azarenka...

OoohBarracuda
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:42 PM
Thank goodness for that. A win's a win but Sam needs to play so much better in her next match. Hopefully that was her worst performance of the tournament.

Sassy-Na
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:43 PM
Vika next :unsure:

Sammo
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:43 PM
I told y'all :cool:

So glad Sam got it done in the end :hysteric:

pav
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:43 PM
Just came in and :mad: Bugger!!

FORZA SARITA
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:44 PM
ught so many wasted chances Laura :fiery:
thank god Vika will stop Mugsur in QF :)

Melange
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:44 PM
Vika will crush her, unfortunately

What

DefJax
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:44 PM
Before everyone jumps on her, remember that she is 18 and this is the third GS champion in a ROW she was trying to beat, unfortunately it looked to me like the last two games took their toll physically, Laura just didn't have that zip she had against Clijsters and Li.

She's shown great promise here and many players have lost a lot worse to Sam Stosur, my only disappointment is that the Laura who beat Clijsters would have cruised this. You'll be seeing a LOT more of her in years to come

Trih
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:44 PM
Laura can be proud of her tournament :yeah:

JamieOwen3
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:44 PM
people should still give laura props for her run here*even though some of u have I'm talking the haterz :oh:*, no one even gave her a chance vs kim and after she won it was all "but she beat a way past it Kim" give it up :p 3rd slam winner of 2011 in a row she had to play today.

well done Sam 11th win in a row at the US Open.

Cosmic Voices
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:44 PM
Laura what a fabulous week :cheer:
Showed a lot of heart and fight tonight and throughout the championships

Sam a deserved winner :yeah:

Blu€
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:44 PM
That end was exciting :lol: shame she couldn't hold serve, at least she didn't DF on one of those MP! Good fighting :hug:
Sam was OK but not impressed at all, she's going to have to play 10 times better if she wants a chance against Vika.

Morrissey
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:45 PM
This match was CLOSE, if only Laura had broken Stosur when she had those two break points at 4-4 in the first set the match would be different. I laughed at how TIGHT Stosur was at the end of the match she needed NINE match points and finally she won on her ninth attempt.

When Stosur served for the match leading 5-3 in the second set I knew she would get tight and she did. Laura competed well she just needs to play better percentage tennis. Overall a very good US OPEN for Laura she also will get a check of $120,000 dollars her biggest pay day.

Hopefully Laura can use this result to take her career to the next level.

I see Victoria Azarenka will probably destroy Stosur in the quarterfinals.

ServeCaspian
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:45 PM
I don't mind Laura and I like her game (although I'm sure the media here will prevent me from ever being a stan, yet that's another issue) but it's nice to see someone young with a lot of promise breaking through. Perhaps these girls effected by the age eligibility rules will begin to appear now.

As for shanksur. :o
Not impressive, obviously if she plays like that Vika will annihilate her but if she rips her BH the way she does against Rena and her last couple of matches with Maria, I think she has a chance. :shrug:

Although kudos to her for not flopping as a defending champion win or lose the next one. :yeah:

stromatolite
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:46 PM
Scrappy match from both, but really pleased Sam held it together to pull out the win:cheer: She'll need to raise her game enormously to have any chance against Vika though.

Great tournament from Laura. Hopefully she'll build on this and not let all the crazy hype from the last few days go to her head.

Pump-it-UP
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:47 PM
Of course it took a net cord on MP #9. :lol::lol::lol:

Such promising stuff from Laura this tournament though. Wouldn't surprise me if Krajan gets her solidly within the top 50 by the end of the year.

Libertango
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:47 PM
Laura :sad: :hug: You should be so proud of your week though.... NOW, to back it up. Please don't do an "Oudin" ;)

Well done Sam



Na :facepalm:

misty1
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:48 PM
well i have to say im happy to see sam get through. For the first time this year the defending slam champion has advanced to the quarterfinals

like i said in live score it will be interesting to see how laura does after this tournament. So far this year every single young player that has had their break through tournament have done absolutely nothing since. The one exception has been timea babos who won a doubles titles in june after her first singles title

Yashal
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:48 PM
Laura :fiery: After slaying two of my faves, after ending Kimmie's singles career :sobbing:

BTW, still a great run :hug:
Do even better in the future :yeah:

justineheninfan
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:49 PM
Sam won fairly comfortably as I predicted. Dont see anything today that indicates she has any hope vs her master Azarenka next round though.

Morrissey
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:49 PM
Scrappy match from both, but really pleased Sam held it together to pull out the win:cheer: She'll need to raise her game enormously to have any chance against Vika though.

Great tournament from Laura. Hopefully she'll build on this and not let all the crazy hype from the last few days go to her head.

I guess we saw a different match Stosur got lucky playing an inexperienced eighteen year old. Stosur needed NINE match points to win. Laura fought hard if she had broken Stosur's serve earlier in the match I think the end result would be different. Stosur is extremely mentally fragile and was lucky to scrape through this match.

DefyingGravity
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:49 PM
If you haven't really played Stosur before, her spin is going to throw you off. Sam didn't play great, and neither did Laura, but you could still see glimmers of why Laura was able to go on a fantastic run.

Zelko has a great set of tools to work with as a coach, and I hope that he only adds to her success.

producer88
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:49 PM
I was a little upset at all the break points Laura had, but it's ok.

Stosur needs a miracle to beat Azarenka next!

Morrissey
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:50 PM
well i have to say im happy to see sam get through. For the first time this year the defending slam champion has advanced to the quarterfinals

like i said in live score it will be interesting to see how laura does after this tournament. So far this year every single young player that has had their break through tournament have done absolutely nothing since. The one exception has been timea babos who won a doubles titles in june after her first singles title

Kvitova advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals and she was the defending champion but lost to Serena a few months ago.

dsanders06
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:50 PM
Against all odds, Sam actually did a better job than either Clijsters or Li (both superior defensive players normally) of keeping balls in play and chasing down some of Laura's rockets and waiting for errors. Well done to her. Hopefully she can put up a good fight against Aza in the next round.

Great week Laura :yeah: I don't necessarily expect her to do much the rest of this season, but hopefully when she gets to the offseason she'll work really hard on her weaknesses and be able to start doing some consistent damage next year.

Wintermute
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:50 PM
Laura looked a bit tired to me. She was trying to finish the rallies way too soon. 41 unforced errors ain't gonna cut it.

But I was super-impressed with how she withstood the pressure in that epic service game at 2-5 and the eight saved match points.

Now she needs to go away with Zeljko and practice serving a lot.

DefyingGravity
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:50 PM
well i have to say im happy to see sam get through. For the first time this year the defending slam champion has advanced to the quarterfinals

like i said in live score it will be interesting to see how laura does after this tournament. So far this year every single young player that has had their break through tournament have done absolutely nothing since. The one exception has been timea babos who won a doubles titles in june after her first singles title

Australian Open 2012 SF: Azarenka def. Clijsters (DC)
Wimbledon 2012 QF: S. Williams def. Kvitova (DC).

dsanders06
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:51 PM
Kvitova advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals and she was the defending champion but lost to Serena a few months ago.

And Clijsters made the semis at the AO. Li is the only defending champ NOT to make the Qtrs this year :lol:

Chim
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:52 PM
What a match!!! So happy Sam was able to stay mentally strong throughout the whole match. Great stuff. :bounce:

Quite impressed with Laura. If she could have stayed with her own game rather than hitting every single ball to Sam's backhand. She would have a good chance to win. Still a great run and she can only improve from here.

Melange
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:52 PM
well i have to say im happy to see sam get through. For the first time this year the defending slam champion has advanced to the quarterfinals

like i said in live score it will be interesting to see how laura does after this tournament. So far this year every single young player that has had their break through tournament have done absolutely nothing since. The one exception has been timea babos who won a doubles titles in june after her first singles title

:help:

rnwerner
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:54 PM
Laura Robson is the type of player who shows up on a big court at the Slams against elite opponents and the type of player who will lose now in Peking and Tokyo to Chang or Falconi.

See is incosistent by any standards. Even when she plays brillant (against Clijsters) or very good (against Li) she hits the lines and need always luck to win. I can see her going deep at a few big tournaments (like a Pironkowa or a Lisicki), but I can't see her to get enough points for Top 20 over the next years.

I just can't see her winning Seoul, Monterrey or Palermo, that's the actual problem ;)


As for Sam:
Thanks to the net.

stromatolite
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:55 PM
I guess we saw a different match Stosur got lucky playing an inexperienced eighteen year old. Stosur needed NINE match points to win. Laura fought hard if she had broken Stosur's serve earlier in the match I think the end result would be different. Stosur is extremely mentally fragile and was lucky to scrape through this match.

Why are you quoting me here?

no-hay-igual
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:56 PM
Laura lost because of her serve :shrug: it was so detrimental in her last matches, and of course too many errors.

Well done Sam, thought she played well and served exceptionally :)

But so so proud of Laura, what a week and thankyou so much for all you've done, having to knock out 3 GS champions in a row will have to wait a little longer :lol: Great tournament and i've enjoyed every minute of it. You're a star in my eyes :angel:

cowsonice
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:56 PM
Laura Robson is the type of player who shows up on a big court at the Slams against elite opponents and the type of player who will lose now in Peking and Tokyo to Chang or Falconi.

See is incosistent by any standards. Even when she plays brillant (against Clijsters) or very good (against Li) she hits the lines and need always luck to win. I can see her going deep at a few big tournaments (like a Pironkowa or a Lisicki), but I can't see her to get enough points for Top 20 over the next years.

I just can't see her winning Seoul, Monterrey or Palermo, that's the actual problem ;)

That's just like Sloane Stephens, except Robson now has a real coach.

Morrissey
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:57 PM
Laura Robson is the type of player who shows up on a big court at the Slams against elite opponents and the type of player who will lose now in Peking and Tokyo to Chang or Falconi.

See is incosistent by any standards. Even when she plays brillant (against Clijsters) or very good (against Li) she hits the lines and need always luck to win. I can see her going deep at a few big tournaments (like a Pironkowa or a Lisicki), but I can't see her to get enough points for Top 20 over the next years.

I just can't see her winning Seoul, Monterrey or Palermo, that's the actual problem ;)


As for Sam:
Thanks to the net.

You are such an idiot, you can't predict the future. Robson seems very mentally tough in that match she fought off eight match points broke Stosur and got close to making it 5-5 in the second set.

Robson's got a new fitness coach and she's only going to get better. I see Robson as someone special not many young

players can beat Kim Clijsters in a pressure situation on Ashe stadium. Give the girl credit.

Your comment is stupid and lacks intelligence, Laura Robson is only eighteen years old. She beat a top 10 player Li Na who was in form going into the US OPEN and a three time grand slam champion in Clijsters.

Stosur won because she got lucky.

SilverPersian
Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:00 PM
Sammy :cheer:

Not a great match from either lady, but happy to see Sam get through...mostly on the back of some good serving and Robson's errors. Still, third consecutive USO QF, and as a GS title defence, I'm very happy :worship:

I fear that this shit is about to get real in the next round, however :sobbing:

Edit: And congrats to Laura for her amazing run. What a week from her :yeah:

Melange
Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:00 PM
You are such an idiot, you can't predict the future. Robson seems very mentally tough in that match she fought off eight match points broke Stosur and got close to making it 5-5 in the second set.

Robson's got a new fitness coach and she's only going to get better. I see Robson as someone special not many young

players can beat Kim Clijsters in a pressure situation on Ashe stadium. Give the girl credit.

Your comment is stupid and lacks intelligence, Laura Robson is only eighteen years old. She beat a top 10 player Li Na who was in form going into the US OPEN and a three time grand slam champion in Clijsters.

Stosur won because she got lucky.

Agree. Hope she makes the tosser eat his prediction

Vincey!
Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:00 PM
That's really too bad, Laura had so many chances to break! Awesome tournament for her and if she can continue playing like that she'll be in the top 10 really soon :)

Miracle Worker
Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:03 PM
Sam won't defend her title :oh: She even won't reach SF :o

DefJax
Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:04 PM
Laura has a very good new coach, has been working with Andy's fitness coach, and is finally injury free. She should do well in the future, can't se her doing an Oudin.

Laura looked jaded today, she's had some tough matches, especially in the heat, and it took its toll, she was trying to end points quickly but wasn't moving to the ball well enough so was missing, Sam was smart and just pushed for most of the game and conserved energy, and served and returned very well. Laura will get quicker and last longer with age, remember when Murray was the scrawny 18 year old who couldn't play 5 sets? Look at him now.

Laura doesn't have the natural athleticism of Sloane Stephens or Heather Watson, but she makes up for it with talent, when her body catches up to her talent she'll be a star.

Morrissey
Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:05 PM
Sam won't defend her title :oh: She even won't reach SF :o

Yup I think Azarenka is just going to destroy Stosur probably in straight sets.

cogent53
Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:05 PM
Very entertaining match, and as much as I want to see Laura do well as a Brit, I was even more keen to see Stosur show some form after an indifferent run lately. Stosur is so talented, but seems to find ways to lose from winning positions much too often. In the last few years she really should have had a couple of French Open titles to go with last years rather unexpected USO title. A repeat this year is not really likely, but I am glad to see her winning.

As for Robson, I hope this good run an propel her career on further. I am especially impressed with her improved movement but she needs more consistency on the serve so it CAN be the weapon it promises to be. Some great ground strokes and instincts though. Still optimistic she can be a top 20 player in the next year or so.

Sassy-Na
Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:05 PM
Sam won't defend her title :oh: She even won't reach SF :o

A tough draw... Vika in QF and Maria/Kvitova in SF. :o

binky-GOAT
Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:10 PM
Well this results was NID.

Seems TF was blinded of Robson's performance, I don't know why, but like I said before the Li match was horrible quality.

Huntress55
Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:14 PM
Sam won't defend her title :oh: She even won't reach SF :o

Yeah cause every other champ from last year has...

Tough draw for Sam. Im happy that she's made the QF... thats what I was hoping when I saw the draw.

Gerri
Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:23 PM
Well done Sam :cheer: I was getting a bit nervous at the end though :scared:

tennisforadults
Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:27 PM
Stosur won because she got lucky.

You are such an idiot

http://gif.mocksession.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/STOSUR-DANCE.gif

rnwerner
Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:39 PM
I think Robson is a great player. She has talent and played great against Clijsters and Na Li.

The only thing I said was the prediction that she is more the type of a player who shows up at big tournaments and won't win a lot of small tournaments.

GeeTee
Sep 3rd, 2012, 12:11 AM
Sam Stosur is the only woman to reach the usopen quarterfinals in each of the last three years.

nuff said..

Laura_VeeFan
Sep 3rd, 2012, 12:21 AM
Laura :crying2:

But encouraging tournament :) I hope she can build on this

Hashim.
Sep 3rd, 2012, 12:33 AM
Stosur:hug: tsk tsk..Vika won.

fluffyelloballz
Sep 3rd, 2012, 12:33 AM
Sorry but that was not good enough from Robson.
Stosur was there to be taken. Stosur was literally frozen stiff at times with fear she was gonna go the way of Kim and Li Na.
It was all on Robson's racket. And her lack of experience showed as she went for too much and made errors.
This was Laura's chance to put herself into the big time. She is not too young for that. 18 is not so young to make your first major quarter.
Of course Laura's performances as a whole show huge promise and I think she will make semis at majors. BI am just not convinced she can do more. But if she had played more intelligently today and taken advantage of Sam's usual freezing act then I would have had her down as a future major champ for sure.
I hope I am proved wrong though. I am a big fan of Laura and only want the best for her.

Buitenzorg
Sep 3rd, 2012, 01:30 AM
Sam :bounce:

at least you defended 500 pts out of 2000 pts so far :bounce: keep going!!!!

PhilePhile
Sep 3rd, 2012, 01:37 AM
Sorry but that was not good enough from Robson.
Stosur was there to be taken. Stosur was literally frozen stiff at times with fear she was gonna go the way of Kim and Li Na.
It was all on Robson's racket. And her lack of experience showed as she went for too much and made errors.
This was Laura's chance to put herself into the big time. She is not too young for that. 18 is not so young to make your first major quarter.
Of course Laura's performances as a whole show huge promise and I think she will make semis at majors. BI am just not convinced she can do more. But if she had played more intelligently today and taken advantage of Sam's usual freezing act then I would have had her down as a future major champ for sure.
I hope I am proved wrong though. I am a big fan of Laura and only want the best for her.

No and no(that was Sam of the past).

fluffyelloballz
Sep 3rd, 2012, 01:50 AM
No and no(that was Sam of the past).

true, it was a bit much to say the match was on robson's racket but had she made those winners the result might have been different.
as for stosur's freezing, did u see her in melbourne and paris?

PhilePhile
Sep 3rd, 2012, 01:59 AM
true, it was a bit much to say the match was on robson's racket but had she made those winners the result might have been different.
as for stosur's freezing, did u see her in melbourne and paris?

Did Stosur imploded? She was known to do that until the 2010 French Open.

RenaSlam.
Sep 3rd, 2012, 02:14 AM
Sam Stosur is the only woman to reach the usopen quarterfinals in each of the last three years.

nuff said..

And she's sucked everywhere else, as usual. :worship:

fluffyelloballz
Sep 3rd, 2012, 02:17 AM
Did Stosur imploded? She was known to do that until the 2010 French Open.

In Melbourne she froze and went out in the first round. In paris she played well within herself against Errani. She was pulling similar crap today but Robson just did not have the instinct to get the job done.

tennisforadults
Sep 3rd, 2012, 02:37 AM
And she's sucked everywhere else, as usual. :worship:

Clay???

Think... it's not very hard.

tennisfan5
Sep 3rd, 2012, 04:54 AM
Was there live, ugly match. Sam played a bit better in that last game, but disappointed with the quality overall. Somehow I never realized how poorly Sam hits on the run. hope she can somehow do something with that HTH with Vika

rrfnpump
Sep 3rd, 2012, 06:43 AM
Such a terrible, terrible match. How many times did Robson overpower that FH return? :o

Stosur will probably be destroyed by Azarenka. Looked very shaky off the ground.

Laura :hug:

Petkovic
Sep 3rd, 2012, 06:51 AM
Didn't see it but happy Sam won :)

supermod
Sep 3rd, 2012, 07:00 AM
Stosur doesn't look very convincing.

She lost the majority of the longer rallies, she had so many problems to hit the ball when she was forced to move around on court. She was lucky Robson overpowerd a lot of her shots.

And Stosur's serve saved her a lot of times obviously.

It will be easy for Azarenka if they both continue to play at the same level.

graffite
Sep 3rd, 2012, 07:01 AM
Glad Sammy won but hate to be negativeNellie, she was not very impressive. Her FH was at times as bad as BH. She was winning points off her serve but as Virginia liked to point out, even the first serve percentage was not high. She was just not doing enough. And I hate that she sounds so satisfied in her pressers afterwards. If this were Serena, she would be back on practice courts right after.

Get hungry for Better, Sam. Good enough is never enough.

I hope she atleast wins some breaks off Vika. Would be great if she won a set.

Material World
Sep 3rd, 2012, 07:16 AM
Another progressive step from Laura and I'd be happy with that; she had every chance to beat Sam here though as Sam was not convincing and I'm sure that if she'd lost the first, she would have cracked. Laura certainly had big chances to go 4-5* in the first. In the end Sam's greater experience carried her through.

Laura's serve is still too shaky and she pressed Sam too hard; but she'll hopefully learn from this. But great tourny for her - very well done. :hearts: I'll be surprised if she's not top 25 next year given a clear run.

stromatolite
Sep 3rd, 2012, 07:28 AM
Glad Sammy won but hate to be negativeNellie, she was not very impressive. Her FH was at times as bad as BH. She was winning points off her serve but as Virginia liked to point out, even the first serve percentage was not high. She was just not doing enough. And I hate that she sounds so satisfied in her pressers afterwards. If this were Serena, she would be back on practice courts right after.

Get hungry for Better, Sam. Good enough is never enough.

I hope she atleast wins some breaks off Vika. Would be great if she won a set.

I get what you're saying, but I think that as long as the tournament lasts it's better for Sam to focus on the positives. There's not much a player can do to improve their form during a tournament anyway, they've pretty much got to go with their game as it is, with just some minor tweaking. There'll be plenty of time for deeper analysis and corrective training after the tournament is over.

Actually she didn't play THAT badly yesterday anyway. People here who are suggesting that she got lucky because Laura played so badly don't seem to have much appreciation for what Sam's serve and topspin can do to a player who is bent on coming forward and trying to attack all the time. I'd say that only about half those so-called UEs were truly unforced, the rest were mishits due to the fact that Laura couldn't get a handle on Sam's heavy shots. And Laura's aggressive, hit-and-miss approach wouldn't have made it any easier for Sam to find her rhythm either.

Sam knows all too well that she'll have to be sharper to stand a chance against Vika, she's no fool. But I don't think she has too much reason to be down on herself about one slightly sub-par match.

ACEof DIAMONDS
Sep 3rd, 2012, 07:30 AM
Saw none of this match was it of good quality? Did Robson have her chances? Stosur seems to be finding good form at the right time. Everyone forgetting she is actually the defending champ.

Talula
Sep 3rd, 2012, 07:42 AM
Laura really did have her chances. If she had broken in the 1st set we could have had a different result.

As others have said, Sam does not look convincing and she won't defend her title unless she really steps it up.

Great run for Laura. She's been with her new coach for only A few weeks, so she has a great chance to do well next year and build on this. If she does, I really believe she's got the chance of being a real force on the Tour.

stromatolite
Sep 3rd, 2012, 08:14 AM
I was quite impressed with Laura at this tournament, but I think she would do well to buy a life-sized poster of Melanie Oudin to hang up next to her bed at night, as a reminder that two good wins do not a tennis star make. She has a lot of potential, but no more than literally dozens of girls who have been hyped to death after grabbing headlines for a couple of matches, only to fade back into dismal obscurity.

That doesn't have to happen to Laura, but if she wants to reach the top she still has it all to do. She's shown a worrying tendency in the last couple of days to act as if she believes she's already there.

LUXXXAS
Sep 3rd, 2012, 08:39 AM
Ugly match from Laura - she is back to her normal level I guess... :facepalm:
We had good tennis in the last 3 games :help:
Sam will be destroyed by Azarenka in the QF :spit:

Beat
Sep 3rd, 2012, 09:23 AM
robson has really nice, fluid groundies, but there's still room for (much) improvement in other areas. what the hell is up with the ball toss, for example? it's quite annoying.

C. Drone
Sep 3rd, 2012, 09:30 AM
Shittastic match from Robinson. Except last 2 games, Stosur had to do nothing besides putting 1st serves in. I hope Krajan tells her if she moves her legs, tennis is far more easier.

Wasted opportunity, although they were competing for a QF place where Azarenka would destroy both. Probably better this way.

bandabou
Sep 3rd, 2012, 10:30 AM
Stosur was tough on the keypoints..and Laura just goin for too much on the returns. I think Stosur is gonna have an awfully tough time beating Vika..but stranger things have happen in tennis before. :lol:

Break My Rapture
Sep 3rd, 2012, 11:09 AM
Stosur played like a pusher in this match, hitting every groundstroke central and without intent to dominate the rallies. As expected though, Robson doesn't possess the necessary footwork and racquet-work skill (yet) to consistently be all over her kick serve and groundstrokes.

If Stosur plays like this againt Azarenka she might struggle to even win a game.