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Old Aug 11th, 2010, 09:21 PM   #166
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Re: Team USA's Player of the Week for June 14th - Lisa Raymond

Player of the Week for June 21 Goes to...




Jamie Hampton.

Jamie Hampton picks up POTW for her great form to win the 50K in Boston. Jamie came into the event as the 8th seed and had to play Lena Litvak in the first round. Jamie was on fire this year, before an injury halted her and this was her 2nd tournaments back from her ab injury. Jamie won convincingly 6-4 6-1 over Lena to make the second round. In the 2nd round, Jamie showed her amazing fight to battle her way past Luzhanska 4-6 7-5 6-3. Jamie would need that fight for the QFs as well as she had to play the rodent Julia Cohen, the second seed. Jamie clawed her to victory 3-6 6-1 6-3. In the SFs, Jamie beat Jennifer Elie, another on the rise American, 6-2 6-3. In the Final, Jamie ripped through top seed Madison Brengle 6-2 6-1 to pick up another ITF title this season. Jamie continues to show her great form this year and storm up the ranks.

Honorable Mentions


Venus and Serena Williams. Venus and Serena for making it into the Round of 16 of both singles and doubles. In singles, Serena was the top seed as Venus was the 2nd seed. Serena had a tough opponent in the first round, Michelle Larcher de Brito, who gave Serena a real test at the 2008 Stanford event, but Serena knew what to expect and eased through the gruntfest 6-0 6-4. In the second round, Serena dismantled the fallen star Anna Chakvetadze 6-0 6-1 to make the 3rd round. Serena then continued her dominant form with a 6-0 7-5 win over Dominika Cibulkova. As for the 2nd seed Venus, Venus eased past her first round match, Rossana De Los Rios 6-3 6-2, which could have been a double bagel as Williams led 5-0 in both sets. In the second round, Venus came up against the recent Eastbourne Champ Ekaterina Makarova. Venus came out prepared for the test and cruised through the first 6-0 before things getting close in the second, but still walked away with the win, 6-0 6-4. In the 3rd round, Venus had a tough task in Alisa Kleybanova, Alisa got the quick break, but Venus came right back and held her off with her powerful strokes moving Alisa side to side and got the win 6-4 6-2. In Women's Doubles, Venus and Serena came in as the top seeds and heavy favorites and showed why with a 6-4 6-2 win over Ditty/Voracova in round 1. Venus and Serena were storming past Garbin/Bacsinszky 6-1 before the second set got close and Timea/Tathiana even held a set point before the Williams Sisters closed them out 6-1 7-6(2). In the 3rd round, the Williams Sisters dished out a beat down to Cibulkova/Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 6-2 to make the QFs.



Lisa Raymond for extending her 7 match win streak on grass to 10 as she made the 2nd week of both Women's Doubles and Mixed at Wimbledon. In Women's Doubles, Lisa and Rennae Stubbs were the 7th seeds and took on Martic/Hercog in the first round. The first set was super close as the veterans edged out the youngsters 13-11. The next 2 sets would be decided by only one break each with Lisa and Rennae getting that crucial break in the third for a 7-6(11) 4-6 6-4 win. It was much easier for the veterans in the second round as they ousted local favorites Watson/Rae 6-4 6-3. In Mixed Doubles, Lisa and Wes Moodie teamed up once more to be the 11th seeds and got a 1st round bye. In the 2nd round, they out played Govortsova/Butorac 6-3 7-6(3) to make it into the Round of 16.



Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Beth and Liezel for making it into the second week of Women's Doubles, also Beth making it into the second week of Mixed. In singles, Bethanie was a lucky loser, but lost in the first round to Karolina Sprem 6-3 6-4. In the Women's Doubles, Beth and Liezel needed to show amazing fighting spirit to get past Raquel Kops-Jones and Sarah Borwell in the first round. Liezel and Beth survived a 6-7(1) 6-3 7-5 scare. In the second round, they crushed Safarova/Wozniak 6-1 6-1. In the Mixed Doubles Event, both Beth and Liezel got first round byes as they were the 6th and 3rd seeds respectively. In the second round, Beth and partner Daniel Nestor outlasted Lindsay Davenport and Bob Bryan 6-4 3-6 11-9. Liezel Huber and Bhupathi lost in the 2nd round to Dushevina/Tursunov 6-2 3-6 6-3.



Vania King for her making it into the second week of Women's Doubles at Wimbledon. Firstly, in singles Vania had to play Daniela Hantuchova in the first round. Vania led 7-6(4) 4-1 before collapsing and Dani rose, as Dani eventually picked up the win the next day 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 6-3. Vania showed beautiful play. In women's doubles, King teamed up with Yaroslava Shvedova to make the 3rd round. In the first round, they crushed Dulgheru/Brianti 6-1 6-2. In the second round, they then took out the 14th seeds Niculescu/Peer 6-0 3-6 6-2 to find their way into the round of 16 to play 3rd seeds Petrova/Stosur. In the Mixed Doubles, King/Kas were eliminated in the first round by Borwell/Fleming 6-3 6-4.



Madison Brengle for making the Finals of the 50K Boston. Madison came into the ITF event as the top seed. In the first round, Madison took down Kristie Ahn, who has started to regain some form recently, 5-7 6-3 6-1. In the second round, Madison beat Kimberly Couts, another young American, 6-3 6-1. In the QFs, Madison came up against a tough task, Lindsay Lee-Waters but came through it 2-6 6-3 6-4 to make the SFs. Alexandra Mueller, who has a big court game, proved too not have enough to take down Madison as Madison made the Finals with a 7-5 6-0 victory. In the final, Madison got run down by Jamie Hampton 6-2 6-1. Still a great week for Madison.
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Old Aug 12th, 2010, 01:00 AM   #167
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Re: Team USA's Player of the Week for June 21st - Jamie Hampton

Player of the Week for June 28 Goes to...




Vania King.

Vania King for winning her maiden Slam title at Wimbledon in the Women's Doubles event beating some great teams to take the title with Yaroslava Shvedova. In the 3rd round, they ousted the 3rd seeds Petrova/Stosur 6-4 6-4. In the QFs, they continued their upsets with another win over 6th seeds Peschke/Srebotnik 3-6 7-5 6-3. They performed a good comeback from behind win to make the SFs. In the SFs, they would then overcome 5th seeds Liezel Huber/Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4 6-4 to then make their first finals in the Women's Doubles event. In the Final, Yari and Vania continued their great form to then upset Vesnina/Zvonareva 7-6(6)
6-2, saving set point in the first set. This would be both of their first slam titles and a great moment in Vania's short career.


Honorable Mentions


Serena Williams. Serena Williams comes in as a very close second for winning her 4th Wimbledon and 13th Grand Slam, surpassing Billie Jean King. In the 4th round, it was a showdown between Serena and Sharapova. In the first set, Serena's serve shone and was the reason she was able to hold off Sharapova. Sharapova had numerous set points, but Serena's serve and strokes were too strong at these crucial times. In the second, Serena got that one needed break and pulled out the 2004 revenge, 7-6(9) 6-4. In the QFs, Serena's serve continued to dominate as she would get by Na Li 7-5 6-3. In the SFs, Serena beat youngster Petra Kvitova 7-6(5) 6-2 to make her 6th Wimbledon Final. In the Final, she would meet first time Grand Slam Finalist Vera Zvonareva. Serena's game proved to be too strong for Vera and the moment too big for Vera as well, but Serena ran away with the title without losing a set, 6-3 6-2. This was a monumental time for Serena. In the Women's Doubles event, Serena and Venus would lose in the QFs to Vesnina/Zvonareva in a tight match 3-6 6-3 6-4.



Lisa Raymond for making the Finals of Mixed Doubles and the QFs of Women's Doubles. In Women's Doubles, Lisa and Rennae in the third round played a brilliant match against Hantuchova/Black to find their way into the QFs, just great volleying, returns, and serving to take the match easily 6-2 6-2. In the QFs, Huber and Mattek-Sands played great tennis, but Lisa and Rennae had their chances to take the leads, but couldn't convert and that lead to their downfall. Liezel and Beth picked up the win 6-4 6-3, giving Lisa her first loss on the grass this season. In the Mixed event, the 3rd round saw Lisa/Moodie against Kleybanova/Mirnyi. Kleybanova/Mirnyi needed just one break to take the first set 6-4. And it looked the second set would be the same as they got the one break at 5-5 to go up 6-5, but Lisa and Wes stood strong and broke back to love where from then on they steam rolled the tiebreak 7-2. The third saw Lisa and Raymond get the necessary break to take the match 4-6 7-6(2) 6-4. In the QFs, Lisa and Wes took on the Roland Garros runner-ups Shvedova/Knowle. The first set was a very tight affair, both teams having numerous set points, but Lisa showed her great talent and pulled it out for her team 7-6(8). In the second, Yari and Julian got the needed break to run win the set 6-3. In the final set, Lisa and Wes rallied to take it 6-2 and to make the SFs together for the second time, the first being in Melbourne. In the SFs, Lisa and Wes would take on good friend Rennae Stubbs and Marcelo Melo. This was an entertaining match, but Lisa and Wes got the breaks they needed to pull through 6-4 6-4. This would be Lisa's first Mixed Slam Final since 2003 Roland Garros. In the final, Lisa and Wes had their leads and their chances to take it, but Wes' inexperience and Cara/Leander's experience as a team shone as they took their 3rd slam title together beating Lisa/Wes 6-4 7-6(5).



Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Liezel Huber kept fighting for her dreams of getting another slam and regaining the #1 rank as she played the second week with Beth. In the 3rd round, Huber and Beth escaped the upset once again this time against Hsieh/Kudryavtseva. Alla/Su-Wei took the first set 6-3, before Liezel/Beth turning it around 6-2 in the second. The third saw Huber and Beth holding off the new pairing to get the win 6-4 in the third. In the QFs, Liezel and Beth played the hot team during the grass season Raymond/Stubbs, but Liezel/Beth came out on fire while Rennae and Lisa had their chances, but couldn't take them and Liezel/Beth took advantage of that to win 6-4 6-3. In the SFs, Liezel/Beth went down to the eventual champions Shvedova and King 6-4 6-4. This would be Beth's best performance in a slam event. In the Mixed Doubles event, Beth and Nestor lost in the 3rd round to Stubbs/Melo 7-5 6-4.



Venus Williams for making the QFs of singles and doubles. In the 4th round of singles, Venus was able to withstand the great fight and play of Aussie Jarmila Groth to pick up the win 6-4 7-6(3). In the QFs, Venus played horribly against Tsvetana Pironkova and found herself hitting tons of unforced errors to lose the match 6-2 6-3. Venus made the QFs for the 11th time of 14 times that she played Wimbledon. In the Women's Doubles event, Venus and Serena made the QFs going into the second week, but would lose to a pair of Russians, Zvonareva and Vesnina. The Williams Sisters controlled the match early on to take the first set 6-3, but the tides started to turn as Elena and Vera got the necessary breaks to win the 2nd 6-3. In the third, one break would decide and it was the Russians who broke and ran away with the match 6-4 in the third. It was the first time since 2004 that Venus did not make the Final of any events at Wimbledon.
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Re: Team USA's Player of the Week for June 28th - Vania King

Player of the Week for July 5 Goes to...




Jill Craybas.

Jill Craybas gets POTW for making the QFs of Bastad on the red dirt. In the first round, Jill was able to beat a good clay courter, Rossana De Los Rios, 6-3 6-3 to make it into the 2nd round to face Anna-Lena Groenefeld. Anna-Lena upset Sofia Arvidsson, she also just came back from her foot injury just 2 weeks ago at Wimbledon. Anna-Lena used her powerful serve and game to take the first set 6-3, before errors crept in and Jill's consistency aided her to the victory, 3-6 6-0 6-4. In the QFs, Jill's good event came to an end to the top seed Flavia Pennetta. Flavia executed her game well enough to get the win 6-4 6-4. Jill had a great week after her disappointing season thus far. This event would mark Jill's first QF of the year, so it was a step in the right direction for Jill.

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Jamie Hampton. Jamie Hampton for winning her 3rd ITF of the year and 2nd 50K at Grapevine. In the first round, Jamie struggled but picked up the win over Bojana Bobusic 4-6 6-1 6-2. Jamie continued her run with a 6-4 6-4 win over Beatrice Capra and then 6-3 6-4 over Irina Falconi, both being young players with talent. Jamie then created the biggest upset of the tournament with a 7-5 7-5 win over top seed Varvara Lepchenko in the SFs to make her 6th ITF Final of the year. In the Finals, Jamie used her game to take easy care of Nara 6-3 6-4 to get yet another ITF title. Jamie would win the title and would extend her streak to 10 straight matches won.



Sloane Stephens. Sloane Stephens comes in third for the week as she got a Main Draw Wild Card into Bastad and won a match on the WTA level. In the first round, Sloane outplayed and used her big forehand to take out Alberta Brianti 6-2 6-4. In the second round, Sloane's glorious moment ended as she got a beatdown from Flavia Pennetta 6-1 6-1. Sloane with her win showed she can hang with the girls on the big tour and is a girl who will rise up the ranks soon enough.



Lindsay Lee-Waters. Lindsay Lee-Waters for making the SFs of 50K Grapevine and winning the doubles title with Megan Moulton-Levy. Coming in as the 7th seed, Lindsay crushed Qualifier Hendler 6-2 6-1. In the second round, Lindsay ousted the tough Jelena Pandzic who is making a return from injury 4-6 6-3 6-1. Lindsay then created a big upset when she took out Stephanie Dubois, the 2nd seed, 7-6(6) 6-1, completing outplaying her in the second set. In the SFs though, Lindsay would lose a heartbreaking match to Nara 3-6 6-4 7-6(6). Lindsay was within at least 2 points of making the finals in Grapevine. Still a great successful week for Lindsay, as she even went away with the doubles title. In Doubles, Lindsay and Megan were the top seeds and beat Hsu/Jones 6-1 6-2, Jidkova/Tweedie-Yates 6-4 6-1, Fink/Lumpkin 6-1 6-4 to make their way to the Finals. In the Final, they beat 2nd seeds, Couts/Luzhanska 6-2 7-5 to win the title without losing a set.



Varvara Lepchenko for making the SFs of 50K Grapevine as the top seed. Varvara cruised her way to the QFs beating WC Wills 6-0 6-2 and then former top 30 player Olga Puchkova 6-2 6-0. In the QFs, things became much tougher for Varvara as she had to play 6th seed Namigata. This battle would go to 3 sets with Varvara coming out on top 6-1 2-6 6-3. Varvara would then go down to Jamie Hampton who is on a hot streak on the ITF tour. Jamie won the tight 2 set affair, 7-5 7-5. Varvara continued her consistent ways and a good week in Grapevine.



Lilia Osterloh. Lilia got a rough draw in Bastad, but gave it her best in the WTA event. She drew 2nd seed Aravane Rezai and was one of her victims as she went on to win the title. Lilia kept the first really close with the big ball basher and gave it her all, but lost it 6-4, and Aravane continued her big stroking ways to pick up the win 6-4 6-2. In Doubles, Lilia teamed up with Tatishvilli to make the QFs. In the first round, they crushed Kalashnikova/Zec Peskiric 6-2 6-2. In the QFs, Lilia and Anna lost to the top seeds Dulko/Pennetta after leading the match, a heart breaking 4-6 7-5 [10-6] loss. This loss made Lilia lose in both draws to the eventual champions.

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Re: Team USA's Player of the Week for July 5th - Jill Craybas

Player of the Week for July 12 Goes to...




Irina Falconi.

Irina picks up her 4th ITF title, another 10K in Atlanta, defending her title from last year. Irina was the 5th seed of this event. In the first round, Irina beat Takayama 6-2 3-0 ret. In the second round, Irina beat Scholl 6-2 6-0. In the QFs, Irina then took out Hilary Barte, Stanford's own, 6-4 6-3 to make the SFs. In the SFs, she set up a showdown with rising youngster Madison Keys. Madison came all the way through 4 rounds of qualifying and 3 rounds of the Main Draw to get here. Irina just dismantled the tired Madison 6-0 6-0 to make the finals, with an impressive showing. In the Finals, she beat Allie Will 6-1 6-4 to win another title in Atlanta. Irina also entered the doubles event, losing in the finals with Maria Sanchez 6-2 2-6 [10-7] to Frilling/Glushko. In the doubles event, Irina and Maria beat Melanie Oudin/Bobusic 7-5 6-3 on their way to the Finals.

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Jill Craybas. Jill Craybas picked up her second consecutive QF of the season in Palermo once again on her worst surface, red clay. In the first round, Jill won a drama filled match against Akgul Amanmuradova. The first set would be full of ups and downs as it would go to 10-10 in the tiebreak, but it was Jill who would be able to take it 7-6(12-10). In the second, it got to 5-5 before Jill finally got the break she needed and consolidated the break by serving out the match to win. In the second round, Jill upset the Wimbledon SFist, Tsvetana Pironkova 2-6 6-2 6-2. One of Jill's best wins of the season as she would make it to the QFs. Jill would then play good friend and doubles partner, Julia Goerges, but Julia would get the best of Jill this time with a 6-2 6-4 win. Still a great week for Jill that will definitely build her confidence. In the doubles event, Julia and Jill would make the Final. In the first round, they upset the top seeds Grandin/Uhlirova 6-2 6-4. They continued with a 6-1 3-6 [10-3] win over Dentoni/Floris. In the SFs, they took out Pivovarova/Rus 6-4 6-3. They didn't have enough in the final though, as Brianti/Errani would oust them 6-4 6-1. Still an amazing week for Jill.



Julia Cohen for making the Finals of 25K Bogota. Julia came into the event as the top seed. In the First round, Julia beat Furlanetto 7-5 6-1. Then she beat Barbosa-Costa Silva 7-5 6-3. In the QFs, she crushed 8th seeds Rossi 6-0 6-0. In the SFs, Julia then beat 4th seed Auroux 6-4 6-1 to make the Finals. In the Finals, she lost to 5th seed Ormaechea 7-5 6-1, so Julia's moonballing clay expertise couldn't come in handy in the finals, but she had a great week.



Claire Bartlett. Claire qualified for the 25K Woking. In the first round of qualifying, Claire beat Hope Johnson 7-6(5) 7-5. In the second round of qualifying she created an upset win over Amanda Elliot 6-3 6-3. This was a good solid week for Claire and she would take it into the main draw to play 2nd seed Sania Mirza. Sania would crush Claire 6-0 6-2, but this would be a great experience for Claire to play a player who used to be a top 30 player.
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Re: Team USA's Player of the Week for July 12th - Irina Falconi

Player of the Week for July 19 Goes to...




Lilia Osterloh.

Lilia Osterloh is the POTW for making the SFs of 50K Lexington. Lilia was the 3rd seed of the event and in the first round, drew Lucky Loser Alexandra Mueller. Lilia used her game to move Alex around and benefitted from some errors to get the 6-2 6-2 win. Lilia then took out Lucky Loser Gail Brodsky. Lilia eased through the first set 6-1 before a real battle began. The second set saw some great tennis and fight as Gail raised her level enough to take the set 6-7(4). The third set saw Lilia cruise to the win 6-0. In the QFs, Lilia beat Asia easily 6-1 6-3. Lilia found her way to the SFs before going down to Stephanie Dubois 6-3 6-4. Lilia did a great job this week, playing some nice tennis on the hard courts to earn her POTW.

Honorable Mentions


Julia Cohen. Julia Cohen gets the second place for the week after winning 25K Waterloo. Julia Cohen was the top seed and destroyed Allan 6-1 6-1 in the first round. Julia then beat Amanda fink 6-2 6-2. In the QFs, Julia beat Shuleava 6-3 6-4 to make it to the SFs. The SFs saw Julia beat Bouchard 6-4 6-4. In the Final, Julia outlasted Fatma Al Nabhani 1-6 7-5 7-5 to take the title. Julia's clay moonballing expertise excelled this week as she frustrated opponents and took home the title.



Asia Muhammed. Asia got into the Main Draw on her own rank, and in the first round, she beat Maria Sanchez 6-4 6-3. Asia then took out another Qualifier, this time Ashley Weinhold, who beat Heidi El Tabakh, 7-6(6) 6-3. Asia would then lose to Lilia Osterloh, the 3rd seed, 6-1 6-3. Asia was finally able to find some form this week after her horrible form the past year to make her 2nd QF of the year. Hopefully this is just the beginning for Asia to help turn it around for her.



Alexandra Stevenson. Sexy Lexy crushed Bobusic 6-2 6-2 to make her way through to the 2nd round. Lexy then fought her ass off to defeat Doi 6-4 6-7(3) 6-4. Lexy did not retire which is admirable for her, as she dug down deeper in the third to get the upset win. In the QFs, Lexy lost 6-4 6-2 to Marino. Once more it was honorable for Lexy to fight past it to retire even though it looked likely. She fought hard the night before until 11pm and then had to come out early the next day to play the QFs, so she was tired, but still gave it her all.



Alison Riske for making the QFs of Lexington. In the first round as the 5th seed, Alison beat Glushko 6-2 6-2. Alison then continued her great form from the grass season beating Beatrice Capra easily 6-2 6-1 to make the QFs. Alison would lead Nara 6-1 and looking to continue her great form before then losing the next 2 sets bizarrely 6-1 6-2. Whether she tanked to make Stanford qualifying the next day is uncertain, but still a great week for her to gain more valuable ranking points.



Lauren Davis. Lauren Davis gets an honorable mention for being a youngster to watch out for. Lauren started out in Qualies beating Dolehide 6-3 6-0. Then she Cercone 7-6(3) 6-2. Then came the big upset as she beat Julia Boserup 6-4 7-6(5) to make it into the Main Draw. In the first round, Lauren fought really hard against Kimberly Couts and gave her a tough match, but went down 6-4 6-7(6) 7-5. Lauren is a very young girl and already showing signs of being an American to watch for.

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Re: Team USA's Player of the Week for July 19th - Lilia Osterloh

Player of the Week for July 26 Goes to...




Lindsay Davenport and Liezel Huber.

Lindsay Davenport picks up the POTW nod for in her first women's doubles event in her comeback, she was able to win it in Stanford with Liezel Huber to pick up title #38. Liezel Huber picks up the POTW as well for winning this event and recapturing the #1 rank. In the first round, this WC team beat Krajicek/Oudin easily 6-4 6-2. This was the start of great things to come as they would then take out 4th seeds Govortsova/Kudryavtseva 6-4 6-2 as well. In the SFs, they benefitted from Sarah Borwell retiring at 1-0 because of a concussion. So in their first final together, Lindsay and Liezel had to take on the second seeds Chan/Zheng. This was a close match, but Lindsay and Liezel edged them out 7-5 6-7(8) [10-8] to take the title. After the win, both of Lindsay's kids came out to the court and Liezel held one while Lindsay held the other for the trophy ceremony. So it was a great moment for Lindsay as she proved she still can win in doubles, and a great moment for Liezel as she leaves Stanford with a title and the #1 rank, even though she would have gotten regardless of her result this week.

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Christina Mchale. Christina McHale competed in the Qualifying Draw for Stanford and drew Olga Puchkova in the first round. Christina came out with the win 6-4 6-2. Christina then followed that up with a 7-6(2) 7-6(1) win over Doi. Then she went up against Jamie Hampton in the final round. Christina and Jamie went all out in the first in a real battle, with Christina coming out on top 7-6(2). The second set was all Christina as she ran away with it 6-0. In the Main Draw, Christina drew fellow Qualifier Chang in the first round. Chang got the better of Christina in the first 6-3, but Christina then started making her shots and hitting the ball better to come up with the comeback win 3-6 6-0 6-2. In the second round, she came up against the top seed Samantha Stosur. The first set was just all Stosur as she cruised to the set 6-1. The second set got close, Christina gave it her best effort as it was a holding contest up until 5-5 where Stosur broke to love. Christina then had 3 break points of her own, but couldn't convert and lost 6-1 7-5. A great effort and week for Christina as she gave Stosur a real run for her money in the second set.



Jamie Hampton. Jamie Hampton had to play Lindsay Lee-Waters in the first round of Qualifying. Jamie Hampton was able to dictate the points well enough for the 6-4 6-3 win. Jamie then had to play 2nd seed Bethanie Mattek-Sands where Jamie was the underdog. Jamie came out and shocked everyone as she simply outplayed Bethanie and created the big upset 6-4 6-3. Jamie picked up one of her biggest wins in her career by beating Beth. In the Final Round though, Jamie gave it her best in the first against Christina McHale, but it wasn't enough as Christina took it 7-6(2). In the second, Christina just ran away with it 6-0. Jamie had a great week despite the loss, she showed she can hang with the girls on the WTA tour.


Mashona Washington. Mashona Washington also competed in the Qualifying Draw. In the first round, Mashona survived Kristie Ahn 4-6 6-2 6-4. It was a greatly contested match, but it was Mashona who pulled through it against the tough much younger opponent. Mashona then created a big shock by beating Alison Riske 6-1 6-4. Mashona was looking good, and carrying some confidence from these wins, going into the final round of Qualifying against the top seed Chang. But it wouldn't be enough as Chang eased past her 6-4 6-0. Still a great week for Mashona to show she can still hang with the big girls.



Raquel Kops-Jones. Raquel and partner Sarah Borwell have a history of getting bad draws, but for once, they were able to overcome it and win. In the first round of Stanford, Raquel and Sarah took out the top seeds Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs, 6-0 4-6 12-10, even saving a match point in the MTB. They then continued with a QF win over Osterloh/Zalameda 4-6 6-3 [10-6]. However, during this match Sarah got hit in the head and suffered a concussion. She tried her best to be able to play the SFs against Huber/Davenport, but was unable to as she had to retire at 1-0. But this was a great week for them as they were finally able to succeed against a tough draw and prove to themselves that they can do it.



Melanie Oudin. Melanie in the Main Draw of Stanford drew Aleksandra Wozniak. The first set was close, but it went to the Canadian 7-6(6). Melanie would fall down 5-1 before starting one of the best comebacks in her career. She "Believe"d that she could win to fight enough to comeback from 1-5 down and saved Match Points. Melanie came back to win it 6-7(6) 7-5 6-3. One of the best comebacks of the year. Melanie's great moment would be short lived as Azarenka then crushed her 6-3 6-1 in the next round. But still an amazing effort by Melanie.

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CoCo Vandeweghe.

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.


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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.

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Christina McHale.

Christina picks up POTW for her run to the Round of 16 of Premier 5 Cincinnati. Christina got a WC into the event and drew 16th seed Nadia Petrova in the first round. Christina edged out the first set 7-6(4) and stormed away to 5-3 before Nadia would retire due to heat illness. This would be one of Christina's biggest wins in her career, along side beating Azarenka in Charleston. She continued her good form with a 6-2 6-4 win over tough qualifier Ayumi Morita. Then she would come up against Kim Clijsters, the 2009 US Open Champion, and gave it her best, but would fall 6-1 6-1. This was a great experience and week for Christina as she continues to show promise and jump up the ranks.

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Shelby Rogers. Shelby Rogers for winning the Girls' Nationals 18s title and gaining a Main Draw Wild Card into the US Open. Shelby was the 3rd seed and got a first round Bye. In the second round, Shelby crushed Megan Heneghan 6-2 6-1. In the 3rd round, continuing her dominant form she beat Christiana Ferrari 6-1 6-0. In the fourth round, (17) Lauren Herring proved to not have enough game as Shelby cruised to the win, 6-3 6-4. In the fifth round, Shelby ousted 15th seed Ellen Tsay 6-3 6-4. In the QFs, 12th seed Grace Min didn't have enough in to dig out the upset, as Shelby won 6-3 7-6(5). Shelby was now the highest seed left as Capra and Sloane both lost. In the SFs, Shelby fought hard to stop Krista Hardebeck from making the upset, as she saved 2 Match points to beat Krista 2-6 7-6(9) 6-0 to set up a Final clash with Nicole Gibbs. Shelby edged out the 4th seed 6-3 5-7 7-6(4) to earn her the Main Draw Wild Card into the US Open. A great week for Shelby as she shows her grit to keep fighting even when down and her determination to win this title.



Lisa Raymond. Lisa and Rennae Stubbs were seeded #4 and got a bye in the first round of Cincinnati. In the second round, they had to play Spears/Grandin. Lisa/Rennae fell down an early break, but from then on it was all them as they cruised to the win 6-3 6-2. It was all the same in the QFs against the Gullicksons, as they eased to the 6-3 6-1. In the SFs, they would play against the top seeds Huber/Petrova. The first set saw Lisa and Rennae lead 3-0, before they starting losing tight deciding point games and trailed 5-4. But then they got their games together again and fought to the 7-5 first set win. In the second, Lisa and Rennae went into cruise control and took it 6-2. In the final, it was a tight affair against Kirilenko and Azarenka, but they would lose 7-6(4) 7-6(8). Lisa and Rennae had set points at 7-6 and 8-7 in the second set tiebreak, after saving two match points at 4-6 and 5-6 in the tiebreak. But they lost both of their set point opportunities, and eventually the match 10-8 in the tiebreak after Rennae missed the return long. Still another successful week for Lisa and Rennae to make another Final, to give them a good confidence boost going into the US Open.



Vania King. Vania King for qualifying into the Main Draw of Cincinnati. In the Qualy draw, Vania was seeded 10th. In the first round, Vania took out fellow American Alison Riske. The first set was tight, but it was Vania who would go into the second set with the lead, 7-6(6). In the second, Vania got the 2 breaks needed to run away with it 6-2. In the Final round of Qualies, Vania beat 19th seed Nara 6-1 6-2. In the Main Draw, it was thought that Vania had a favorable draw as she drew fellow Qualifier Nuria Llagostera Vives. Vania would take the first set 6-3, but then errors crept into Vania's game and frustration built as she would go down 3-6 6-3 6-1. A good effort from Vania to make it into the Main Draw.



Julie Ditty. Julie created a huge upset in the Qualifying draw when she was able to defeat 3rd seed Elena Baltacha in Cincinnati. The first set would be decided by one break that went the way of Elena, taking the set 6-4. The second would go to Julie as she took it 6-3. The third set was tight and close, but Julie would edge it out 7-6(5) to make it into the Final round of Qualifying. Julie's great win would be followed by a loss to Jovanovski 6-3 6-3. Still a great week from Julie as she showed she is still a tough cookie out on that singles court.



Chelsey and Carly Gullickson. Chelsey and Carly Gullickson for making the QFs of Cincinnati as a WC team. In the first round, they upset the 2009 US Open Semifinalists Kleybanova/Makarova. The first set went as expected with Alisa and Ekaterina taking it 6-3. But then the tides turned as Chelsey and Carly picked up their games to ease to the second set 6-1. In the super tiebreak, Chelsey and Carly took their chances and won it 10-8 to make the second round. In the second round, they struggled past Coin/Hradecka 6-2 4-6 10-5. In the QFs, their run would end as Raymond/Stubbs would take them out 6-3 6-1. This was a great work making these two very much worthy of a US Open Doubles WC.
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Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Bethanie gets POTW for tearing through Qualifying and then giving Kim Clijsters a major scare in the 2nd round at Montreal. In the Qualifying, Beth took down Tomljanovic 6-3 6-4 to set up a clash with Roberta Vinci, the 4th seed. Beth picked up another good win 6-4 6-3. In the Final round of qualifying, Beth beat Vera Dushevina 7-6(5) 6-2. In the Main Draw, Beth drew Melanie Oudin and took her out 6-1 6-4, having a bit off trouble closing out Melanie as she took it on her 5th Match Point. In the second round, Beth took on Kim Clijsters. Beth in the first set would attack the net, utilize the drop shot and lob, drawing errors and playing smart to take the first set 6-4. Beth would lead by a break in the second before Kim started finding her range and rhythm as she then would roar back to win 4-6 6-4 6-3. Still a great effort from Beth showing the form from 2008 that helped raise her inside the top 40. In the doubles event, Beth teamed up with Shaughnessy to take on Cara Black/Anastasia Rodionova. Meg and Beth rolled off to a 5-1 lead before Cara and Anastasia started finding their games. Beth and Meg would have 2 set points at 5-4 before Cara and Anastasia would fire back to take the set 7-5. They would then trail a break early in the second, losing 8 straight games. They would then fight back to lead 5-3, had a Set point at 5-4 after saving 3 break points, they had the deciding point which was a set point, but lost it. They would then go to a tiebreak, trailed 1-4 but took it 7-5. In the Match tiebreak, they lost 10-8. Still a great effort from them.

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Vania King. Vania also came through Qualies as the 16th seed. In the First round, Vania eased past Alexandra Stevenson 6-1 6-2. She followed that up with a 6-2 3-1 ret. win over Rus. In the Final Round of Qualifying, Vania took down Simona Halep 7-6(5) 6-1. This would put Vania into the Main Draw where she would play Anabel Medina Garrigues. In the first set, Medina utilized her counter punching game to get past Vania 6-4. But Vania would storm right back and take the second and third 6-1 6-2 get into the 2nd round of the big Premier 5 event. Her run would end though as 7th seed Agnieszka Radwanska eased past her 6-0 6-3. Still a great singles effort from Vania to fight her way to this point. In the doubles event, Vania and Shvedova were the 4th seeds and got a first round Bye. They would take on Niculescu/Peer. Vania and Yari showed the form that took them to the Wimbledon title as they cruised to a 6-0 3-0 lead, before Monica and Shahar picked up their game to win 0-6 7-5 [10-7]. Vania has struggled to win matches in doubles since winning Wimbledon.



Beatrice Capra. Beatrice Capra for winning the Main Draw Wild Card play-off. In the QFs, Beatrice beat Lauren Davis, the girl who upset Sloane Stephens in the Girls' 18s, 6-1 6-2. In the SFs, Beatrice would then take out up and coming Krista Hardebeck 6-3 7-5 to make her way to the Finals and one step closer to getting the Wild Card, where she had to meet Madison Brengle. Beatrice would gain entrance into the Main Draw of the US Open after beating Madison 7-6(4) 6-4! Beatrice makes the Main Draw, upgrading her QWC to a MDWC, after losing her chance in the Girls' 18s to Madison Keys.



Madison Brengle. Madison Brengle for making it to the Finals of the Wild Card Play-off. In the QFs, Madison eased past Jessica Pegula 6-2 6-2. In the SFs, Madison would edge past Nicole Gibbs. In the first set, Madison saved 3 set points in the first set to take it 7-6(6) and then tore past Nicole 6-0. In the Final, Madison would come up short for the Wild Card as she went down to Beatrice Capra 7-6(4) 6-4. Madison is already into the Qualifying Draw as a Direct entrant.
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