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tennis-insomniac
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:22 PM
the DRAMA :hearts:

Sloane has developed her game very well, her forehand has become something quite spectacular, although she almost choked after several MPs waste and faced BP when serving out the match, she knew that she needed to go after her shots and she did with a wonderful FHDTL. :yeah: very impressive, with a lot of support from the crowd, she could easily become the star of American tennis.

Fran :hug: she did fight her heart out with some outbursts displayed which got her a warning by the umpire, according to Chanda Rubin, the call was uncalled for and she thinks the umpire should let the players play and not become involved with the incident. I agree with her.

Anyway, a very nice match, for a fan, I still hope Fran will keep playing and I hope Sloane will go far in the draw.

Crater718
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:23 PM
I love her smile :hearts:

Deestruction
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:24 PM
Sloane :worship:

JN
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:24 PM
Sloane, baby, that was beautiful!! :yeah:

Craig.
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:24 PM
I've fallen in love.

Morrissey
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:24 PM
This is a solid win for Sloane she defeated the 2010 French Open champion and a former top ten player. Nice to see Sloane maintain her composure even though she was cheated out a match point by a stupid lines person! It is just horrendous these bad line calls.

flareon
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:25 PM
I love her smile :hearts:

I love her... shes so Hawt!
great win

Franny :hug: give me one more season please

edificio
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:25 PM
Second set was so much better than the first in terms of quality of play. Nice to see that Sloane kept her cool during Franny's hot and cold periods.

Pump-it-UP
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:26 PM
MP was brilliant. :worship: I thought she was gonna choke after wasting MP's at 6-3 5-3 and then getting down 0-30 while trying to serve it out.

Easy R2 vs Amanmuradova or Malek. Looking good to defend her R3 points and maybe get another shot at Ivanovic. :dance:

RenaSlam.
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:26 PM
Good job, Sloane. Kept it together nicely.

wildemu
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:27 PM
very nice win but the reality is fran is a mess nowadays

Kon.
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:27 PM
Sloane is lovely, very happy for her.
Good win, not unexpected though. :yeah: Draw looks good to go deep.

18majors
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:27 PM
Sloane will be tough to beat at this tournament.

Morrissey
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:34 PM
very nice win but the reality is fran is a mess nowadays

So what's your point? In a tennis match there are two players on opposite sides of the court Sloane did her job and won the match. It isn't Sloane's problem that Schiavone is on the down side of her career.

Dodoboy.
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:34 PM
Sloane is a beautiful girl, lovely smile at the end. Her game is good, a lot of good things about her. Strong forehand, strong serve and great physicality (speed and strength). Definitely a fan after today. She got a bit pedestrian at times in the second set, but when she went for her forehand she was a pleasure to watch! The point to win this match :inlove::inlove::hearts: I want to see her in the 4th Round against Caro. A nice v Serena would be great too, would love to see that!

Fran :hug: Calm down and come back stronger. Or retire if you want, whatever.

young_gunner913
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:34 PM
Great win Sloane!! Keep it up!! :yeah:

wildemu
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:35 PM
So what's your point? In a tennis match there are two players on opposite sides of the court Sloane did her job and won the match. It isn't Sloane's problem that Schiavone is on the down side of her career.

My point is sloane is over-hyped in the tennis world. Girl doesn't have a consistent serve and a backhand.

Temperenka
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:46 PM
I've been gradually warming up to Sloane for over a year... but this match put me firmly in her corner.

She has a great personality, great smile, and great game.

She is now my Vice-Snickers.

Keep going, Sloane! :bounce:

Roookie
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:49 PM
This year's Oudin :rocker2:

SwingVolley93
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:50 PM
:cheer: for Sloane
:happy: @ Schiavone so glad to see her losing :)

Purple_Rain
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:51 PM
I think Sloane is actually a better player than Schiavone at this point. She's been around awhile and had some decent results in the last year. This wasn't really an upset.

Sean.
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:54 PM
Really enjoyed watching Sloane play! :yeah:

Was disappointed in Fran's behavior on the other hand! :p

LoLex
Aug 29th, 2012, 12:08 AM
Happy for Sloane :inlove: Great win.

StoneRose
Aug 29th, 2012, 12:11 AM
Really enjoyed watching Sloane play! :yeah:

Was disappointed in Fran's behavior on the other hand! :pSo what did she do? I saw a bit of the second set and all seemed to be quite normal.

Temperenka
Aug 29th, 2012, 12:35 AM
Her interview on ESPN. :inlove:

OMFGoddess.

She has an amazing personality.

Pump-it-UP
Aug 29th, 2012, 12:38 AM
Her interview on ESPN. :inlove:

OMFGoddess.

She has an amazing personality.

"Oh my goodness, I look so goofy!"
Talking about BBM'ing with Serena.
"Christina was lying there like a dead frog."

:hysteric:

Temperenka
Aug 29th, 2012, 12:40 AM
I died at the dead frog comment. :haha:

dsanders06
Aug 29th, 2012, 12:41 AM
NID. 2nd set could've been even easier if she'd actually stepped in and dealt with Schiavone's loopy short balls properly, rather than the "power pushing" she was mostly doing (as usual).

Utautai
Aug 29th, 2012, 01:07 AM
Sloane :cheer:

Dexter
Aug 29th, 2012, 01:10 AM
Very likable player with a nice game. Keep going, Sloane. :yeah:

*JR*
Aug 29th, 2012, 01:22 AM
I genuinely like Francy* (its not Franny, BTW) but I wish she'd "call it a career" either this year, or after RG 2013 @ the latest. She'll make a fine coach or Eurosport commentator, but I don't think she'll ever be a top (singles) player again. :(

* Take that, you who think I've just followed the tour to hate on the Strange Suissie and Sneaky Sesil, since Ms. Famous for Being Famous stopped playing. :p

Pasta-Na
Aug 29th, 2012, 01:24 AM
Franny :sad: :hug:

KournikovaFan91
Aug 29th, 2012, 01:25 AM
* Take that, you who think I've just followed the tour to hate on the Strange Suissie and Sneaky Sesil, since Ms. Famous for Being Famous stopped playing. :p

I always thought hating on Saint Sesil was your goal in life :angel:

homogenius
Aug 29th, 2012, 01:43 AM
Cuaght the 2nd set and Stephens played well (even if she tried hard to choke).You feel the end is near for Fran tho

miffedmax
Aug 29th, 2012, 02:08 AM
Well done, Sloane!!!!

Barktra
Aug 29th, 2012, 02:11 AM
Sloane :woohoo: I think when Franny retires she will replace her in my faves list

I feel like Francy is going to call it quits pretty soon. She needs to because I feel like she has lost her drive, but I think the perfect end of Francy's career would be to win another fed cup :hearts:

Stonerpova
Aug 29th, 2012, 02:17 AM
Go gurl :yeah:

Ryan
Aug 29th, 2012, 02:51 AM
Sloane is awesome, Im a big fan of hers. :bowdown: Hope she can keep it up, a 4R v Ana would be awesome.

égalité
Aug 29th, 2012, 04:05 AM
That forehand winner on MP was gorge. :inlove: Sloane moving up my faves list.

DOUBLEFIST
Aug 29th, 2012, 05:07 AM
Well done Sloane! :yeah:

Inger67
Aug 29th, 2012, 05:15 AM
Love sloane and she did play some great tennis today. The only thing I wish she did a little better is to not have the tendency of being passive in times where it would pay off to be more offensive. She did that against Fran late in the second and nearly lost the set.

That winner on MP was :eek: :hearts:

tkutsaar
Aug 29th, 2012, 06:18 AM
Quite a victory for Sloane! Only real obstacle left to the QFs is a beatable Anna Ivanovic.

simonsaystennis
Aug 29th, 2012, 06:19 AM
Very nice stuff from Sloane. Had some moments where she lapsed in concentration or got tight, but all in all stayed committed to going for her shots, and that won her the match.

Libertango
Aug 29th, 2012, 06:26 AM
Loving Sloane! Well done :hearts:

*Jool*
Aug 29th, 2012, 06:48 AM
:awww: I could feel it . Fran :hug:
but congrats Sloane :yeah: a lot more wins to come in the future !

Wert.
Aug 29th, 2012, 07:12 AM
Fran :tears: :o :o

Beat
Aug 29th, 2012, 07:24 AM
kinda expected really. all i can say is: sorry for schiavone, happy for stephens.

Petkovic
Aug 29th, 2012, 07:58 AM
Felt it coming, Fran is nowhere near her best. Think she'll call it quits soon :(

But I really like Sloane, so good on her :) Hope she reaches QF here.

bandabou
Aug 29th, 2012, 08:38 AM
Nice, nice...she saves the face of generation next of the Americans. :bounce:

Sombrerero loco
Aug 29th, 2012, 08:50 AM
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8jgn7yGBM1rbqu2po1_500.gif
:woohoo:

Juju Nostalgique
Aug 29th, 2012, 08:54 AM
Thank you Sloane! :hearts:

crazillo
Aug 29th, 2012, 09:23 AM
Itr was the most enoyable first round match to watch. Sloane is a nice player but Schiavone is really past her prime. I see her retiring at RG 2013...

hankqq
Aug 29th, 2012, 09:32 AM
Sloane winning in straights? :lol: There were some fun points in this match and some sloppy ones but that's to be expected. Shame 1 of them had to lose. Sloane for sure is a crowd favorite and will continue to be so at the USO.

Pops Maellard
Aug 29th, 2012, 10:44 AM
My point is sloane is over-hyped in the tennis world. Girl doesn't have a consistent serve and a backhand.

Poor thing chokes to some degree in every match she plays as well. She'll still probably reach R4 and beat Ana though :lol:.

SVK
Aug 29th, 2012, 11:07 AM
Once again, there were people calling Stephens "pusher" :happy:

Svetlana)))
Aug 29th, 2012, 11:17 AM
Yes Sloane. Keep punching through :cheer:

kyk710
Aug 29th, 2012, 04:50 PM
I loved her interview - the part about not going into a third set to spare her grandmother's poor heart was hilarious and when she was asked "is Sloane Stephens our next superstar", she responded "She is." with a huge smile on her face... It is good for the tour to have cocky youngsters around, livens things up a bit after a few rather humdrum years. The dynamics on tour this year remind me a bit of the late 90s, *sigh* the glory days...

cowsonice
Aug 29th, 2012, 05:41 PM
Schiavone should've retired after the Olympics but even that is just stretching it.

No power, no passion...she let Stephens walk all over her.

Stephens is indeed a developing player, but right now, she has more personality to boot rather than her game. It was a great win for Stephens, but on the same side of the coin, an embarrassing loss for a former GS champion :o