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Old Aug 29th, 2010, 07:06 PM   #181
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Re: Team USA's Player of the Week for August 16th - Bethanie Mattek-Sands

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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 01:29 AM   #182
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Re: Team USA's Player of the Week for August 16th - Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Player of the Week for August 23 Goes to...




Meghann Shaughnessy and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Meghann and Beth pick up POTW for their run to the doubles final at New Haven. In the singles event, Bethanie qualified into the Main Draw. In the first round of Qualies, Beth upset Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-1 6-4. Then followed that up with a 6-4 6-3 win over Simona Halep. In the Final round, Beth knocked out Vera Dushevina for the second straight week, this time it was easier though, 6-3 6-2. In the Main Draw, Beth slaughtered Alexandra Dulgheru 6-2 6-1. In the second round, she drew Nadia Petrova and went down silently 6-3 6-2. In the doubles event, Beth and Meg excelled as in the first round, they beat WCs Zalameda/McHale 6-4 6-4. In the QFs, they then took out Kops-Jones/Kudryavtseva, who upset Raymond/Stubbs, 6-4 6-4. In the SFs, they would trail Hsieh/Peng 4-1 and 5-3 before getting their games together to steam roll past them 7-5 6-1. In the Finals though, they would lose a tight first set to Peschke/Srebotnik 7-5 and from then on they lost all control as they lost tight game after tight game in the second to lose 7-5 6-0. Still a promising result for them going into the US Open as they are the #15 seeds.

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Varvara Lepchenko. Varvara for qualifying into the Main Draw of New Haven. In the Qualies, Varvara in the first round upset the slumping Magdalena Rybarikova 4-6 6-1 6-3. Varvara then continued to show her fight as she dug deep to barely scrape by Camerin 4-6 6-3 7-5. In the final round, Varvara got past Alla Kudryavtseva 6-4 6-4 to qualify. In the Main Draw, Varvara drew Nadia Petrova. Varvara jumped out to a 6-1 lead before Nadia slowly started finding form and eventually won 1-6 7-5 6-1. This was a great week for Varvara as she fought hard all week and almost upset Petrova.



Irina Falconi. Irina for qualifying into the Main Draw of the US Open. In the first round of qualifying, Irina beat Mona Barthel 6-0 6-2. She would then upset 10th seed Anastasia Pivovarova 6-7(4) 6-2 6-2. She showed off her great determination, to not give up after losing a tight set against a player ranked tons above her. In the Final Round, Irina crushed Stephanie Dubois 6-3 6-1, for the second time this month Irina has beaten her. With that win she earned her way into the Main Draw of the US Open, the ONLY American to do so.



Raquel Kops-Jones. Raquel represents for doubles as she made it into the QFs, upsetting 3-time slam winning duo Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs. In the first round, they created the big upset as they took down Raymond/Stubbs 5-7 6-2 [10-5]. They trailed 5-7 1-2 and points to be down 1-3 before clicking as a team and catching fire to pick off the next 5 games and carry the momentum into the match tiebreak. In the QFs, they would go down to eventual finalists Meg and Beth 6-4 6-4. Raquel received another bad draw, but was able to overcome it this week, to beat Raymond/Stubbs for a second time this hardcourt season.



Mashona Washington. Mashona for her good fight in the 100K Bronx. Entering as a Wild Card, Mashona in the first round beat fellow Wild Card Lena Litvak 6-2 6-2. In the second round, Mashona had to play Ekaterina Makarova. The first set was a close set as it would go to Ekaterina 6-4. But Mashona upped her game and performed to a level that we haven't seen since 2005-2006 and took the second 6-4 to take it to a deciding 3rd set. In the third, Ekaterina had too much game and Mashona couldn't keep up her level, and ran away with it 6-1. Still a good step forward for Mashona.



Abigail Spears. Abigail Spears for making the Finals of 100K Bronx Doubles event. Abigail and Grandin were the top seeds and in the first round they barely scraped past Hradecka/Safarova 6-7(4) 7-6(2) 10-3. In the QFs, they crushed Washington/Moulton-Levy 6-3 6-0. In the SFs, they continued their good form with a 6-1 6-4 win over Coin/Cornet. In the final, they would choke it away against Meusburger/Barrois 1-6 6-4 [15-13]. The title was in their grasps but they let it slip away, but they did show their great promise going into the US Open.

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Re: Team USA's Player of the Week for August 23rd - Meg Shaughnessy/Beth Mattek-Sands

Thanks . Are u planning on doing a USO mid week version or will u just wait till the end ?
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Re: Team USA's Player of the Week for August 23rd - Meg Shaughnessy/Beth Mattek-Sands

Each slam gets 2 weeks worth of player of the week. This week is either going to be Capra.
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Re: Team USA's Player of the Week for August 23rd - Meg Shaughnessy/Beth Mattek-Sands

Player of the Week for August 30 Goes to...




Beatrice Capra.

Beatrice Capra for winning the Wild Card play-off 2 weeks ago, and now making the 3rd round of the US Open. In the first round, Beatrice was able to get by ball basher Karolina Sprem easily, 6-1 6-3. In the second round, Beatrice created a huge upset Aravane Rezai. In the first set, Beatrice used her backhand to set up set point in which she took to win it 7-5. In the second, Aravane cleaned up her errors, and took the set 6-2. The third set, Beatrice kept running shots down and making Rezai hit that extra shot and kept getting the errors. On match point, Rezai blasted a shot down the line, that Beatrice barely got to a lobbed back, and Rezai nailed the backhand in the net to give Capra a HUGE win. Beatrice found herself into the 3rd round in her first slam Main Draw to take on Maria Sharapova. But her great run ended there as Sharapova brushed her aside 6-0 6-0. In the Mixed Doubles, Capra and Sock gave the 4th seeds Mattek-Sands/Nestor a huge test as they would come within points of the upset, but eventually fell 6-2 2-6 [10-7]. A phenomenal week for the young American and hopefully she will get good results in the future.

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Venus Williams. Venus Williams for finding her way to the Quarterfinals of the US Open despite not playing a match since Wimbledon. In the first round, Venus had to play Roberta Vinci. In the first set Venus stormed away with a 4-2 lead, before errors crept in and it got tight to 4-4, before Venus finally shut the door on Roberta to take it 6-4 6-1. In the match, Venus' serve was on fire, while her returns showed some rust. In the second round, Venus played Rebecca Marino. In the first set, there would be no breaks as the big serving Canadian was slapping big serves and forehands, taking it to Venus and forcing her to do her best to hold her own serve. In the tiebreak, the Canadian led 3-1 before Venus used her experience to pull it out 7-6(3). In the second, Venus got the early broke and held on to it to win 6-3. In the third round, Venus played another unknown Qualifier and cruised past her 6-2 6-1 with a big backhand return down the line to win it. In the fourth round, Venus took out Shahar Peer. This would be a big fight in the first set as both were hitting the ball great, but Venus edged her out 7-6(3) on her 7th set point. In the second round, Venus led 5-2 before dropping serve, but Venus closed it out by breaking Peer. In the Quarterfinals, Venus will take on Roland Garros champ, Francesca Schiavone.



Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy. Bethanie Mattek-Sands for her good runs in all of the events, Meghann for her good form with Beth in the doubles. In singles, Beth took out Medina Garrigues in the first round 4-6 6-4 6-1. In the second round, Beth took on Petkovic on the Grandstand and gave it her all, even holding Match points, but winded up losing 3-6 6-3 7-5. Still a great fight from Beth against a tough opponent. In the doubles event, Meg and Beth crushed McHale/Zalameda 6-0 6-3 in the first round. In the second round, they took on Hantuchova/Wozniacki. They trailed 5-6 and down 2 set points, but saved them and won it 7-6(3) and then took the one break to win the match 6-4 in the second. In the 3rd round, they will play Peschke/Srebotnik. In the Mixed event, Beth has really shined as the 4th seed with Daniel Nestor. In the first round, they edged past Sock/Capra 6-2 2-6 [10-7], defeating the young Americans looking for something to prove. In the second round, they once again edged out the win this time 6-7(2) 6-2 [10-5] against Rezai/Ram. In the QFs, they will play Chan/Hanley. So some great form from Beth as she keeps her and Meg's hopes for a slam at this US Open alive.



Lisa Raymond. Lisa for making the QFs of both the doubles and Mixed doubles events. In doubles, her and Rennae eased their way to the 3rd round, beating Kondratieva/Uhlirova 6-1 6-2 and then Govortsova/Chaung 6-2 6-3. In the third round, they had to play 10th seeds Kirilenko/Radwanska, who have beaten them twice this year, Kirilenko has beaten them 4 times alone this year. But in the first set, Lisa and Rennae held serves until 5-4 where they got that crucial break to take the set 6-4. In the second, they led 5-3, before Kirilenko/Radwanska broke right back and took a 6-5 lead, but Lisa/Rennae held to 15 to take it to the tiebreak. In the tiebreak, it was all Lisa/Rennae as they breezed by 7-1. With this win, they set up a QF showdown with 2nd seeds Huber/Petrova, who they beat in the SFs of Cincy. In the Mixed event, Lisa and Moodie teamed up to beat Medina Garrigues/Lopez in the first round. They cruised to the first set 6-1, but then trailed 5-2 in the second before taking it 7-6(4). In the second round, they took out Govortsova/Matkowski 6-4 7-6(5). In the QFs, they will play top seeds Huber/Bob Bryan.



Liezel Huber. Liezel Huber for making the QFs of both Doubles and Mixed. In the doubles event, Liezel teamed with Nadia Petrova to be the second seeds. In the first round, they crushed Coin/Cornet 6-2 6-3. In the second round, they continued their good form with a 6-3 6-2 win over the Bondarenkos. And then eased their way to the QFs with a 6-3 6-3 win over Bacsinszky/Garbin. They will play Raymond/Stubbs in the QFs. In the Mixed event, Huber and Bryan teamed up to be the top seeds, they beat Alternates Hsieh/Soares 6-4 6-3 in the first round and then Oudin/Harrison 5-7 6-1 [10-3]. After losing that first set, they eased their way to the QFs to play Raymond/Moodie.



Vania King. Vania for her consistent form at the US Open this year. In singles, the first round saw Vania King edge out fellow American Christina McHale 6-3 0-6 6-1. With the win Vania would find herself in another clash with Daniela Hantuchova. In the first set, it would be up and down as Hantuchova led 5-3, before Vania fired back to take it 7-5, saving set points along the way. The next set would go to Daniela 6-3. In the final set, Vania didn't go away without a fight as she just kept fighting, but Daniela finally won it 6-4. In the Doubles event, Wimbledon Champs Vania and Yaroslava made the QFs. In the first round, they eased past Oprandi and Kostanic Tosic 6-3 6-0. In the second round, they edged past Groth/Zakopalova 7-5 4-6 6-2. In the third round, it would be an amazing doubles match as they took on 12th seeds Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova. In the first set it was tight as can be, but Vania and Yari took it 7-6(11-9). They would then go down 6-3 in the second. Zahlavova served for the match in the third but in that game threw in 2 double faults. In the final set tiebreak, both teams had match points, but the fat lady didn't sing until Vania and Yari took it 11-9. This puts them into the Quarterfinals to play top seeds Dulko/Pennetta. In the Mixed event, Vania teamed up with Tecau to be the 8th seeds, but they would be the first seeds out as they lost to Peschke/Qureshi 7-5 4-6 [10-5]. So Vania is still in the doubles and looking to add another slam title to her Wimbledon title this year.

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This will be updated later today. I just have to do 5 of them
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Incase you didn't know, Lauren Davis won a 10K in WILLIAMSBURG, VA yesterday... 6/0 6/0 in the final
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Vania King.

Vania King for winning her second Slam title, this time in Doubles at the US Open with Yaroslava Shvedova. In the QFs, they took out top seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta. In a great display they completely outplayed one of the best teams this season with ease 6-3 6-3 to book their place in the SFs. In the SFs, they played a new pairing this summer, Black/Rodionova. King/Shvedova kept it going winning 6-3 4-6 6-4. Vania and Yari led 5-1 in the third before letting it slip to 5-4 before eventually closing it out to make their 2nd consecutive final at a Grand Slam. In the Final they had to play 2nd seeds Huber and Petrova. In the first set, it was all Huber/Petrova as they took advantage of the weak shots to put away easy crosses. But early in the second the tide started to turn as Vania and Yari started to handle the Huber/Petrova game better and pinpointing Nadia. They would take the second set 6-4. In the third, it would be 4-5 0-15 on Vania's serve before rain stopped play. They come back the next day on Monday and Vania goes down 30-40, Championship point for Huber/Petrova, and in a long rally Vania blasted a forehand down-the-line winner past Liezel. They would then hold and take it to a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, it was some great playing, involving some tight points, volley winners and a nice return winner from Vania. On Championship point for Vania and Yari, it was a long rally, where Vania and Yari couldn't hit through Liezel/Nadia, so instead they go over them and Yari hit a lob winner over Petrova to give them the title. Vania/Yari won the US Open title 2-6 6-4 7-6(4), to give them their second consecutive slam title. Another amazing week for Vania, who admitted in her acceptance speech that she thought of quitting back in 2008, thankfully her hard work is paying off again now and she now has 2 slams to show for it.

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Liezel Huber. Liezel for making the finals of Doubles and winning the Mixed title. In the QFs of Doubles, Liezel and Petrova took out the 2001 Champs Raymond/Stubbs. Liezel/Nadia took the first set 6-4, but Lisa/Rennae then edged them out 6-3. In the third, it was all hold of serves until 5-6 where Liezel/Nadia got the decisive break to make the SFs to play Chan/Zheng. Liezel/Nadia steamrolled them 6-3 6-2. This puts Liezel in her 3rd straight US Open Final. But for the second straight year she would come up short, this time losing to King/Shvedova. They would hold a Championship point at 4-5 30-40 in the third set, but Vania's forehand flew past Liezel and then it all started to slip away for Liezel/Nadia as that chance went away. They would lose 7-4 in the third set tiebreak. In the Mixed Doubles QF, Liezel would once again end Lisa's chances of a US Open title where Liezel and Bob Bryan beat Raymond/Moodie 6-4 7-6(3). They followed it up with a 6-3 7-5 win over Mattek-Sands/Nestor. In the Final, they had to play Qureshi/Peschke. Qureshi was clearly nervous and it hurt them in the end, as Bob and Liezel eased to the title 6-4 6-4. This was Liezel's 2nd Mixed Doubles Slam, first at 2009 Roland Garros also with Bob, and her 6th overall slam.



Venus Williams. Venus for making the SFs of the US Open with no play since her Wimbledon QF loss. In the QFs here at the US Open, Venus edged past Roland Garros Champion Francesca Schiavone. Venus took the first set 7-6(5) after some tense play in that tiebreak. Venus would once again edge out another tight set against the feisty Italian, this time 6-4 to book her place into the SFs. In the SFs she played Kim Clijsters. Venus would get the only break of the first set and would keep hold of it to win the first set 6-4. In the second, Venus got broken early and trailed 5-2 before fighting back to take it to a tiebreak. The tiebreak would be Venus' worst ever tiebreak as she would lose it 7-6(2). In the third set, Venus got broken in the 3rd game and it looked slim for her, but she broke back in the 8th game to take it to 4-4. But a bit of luck helped out Kim as her lobs were aided by the wind. Kim would close out Venus 6-4 in the third. Venus would lose another great chance to win a slam off grass, but still an amazing effort from her considering she came into this US Open without any match play for 2 months.



Lisa Raymond. Lisa for making the QFs of both the doubles and Mixed doubles events. In the Doubles QF, Lisa and Rennae were close to upsetting Huber/Petrova for a second time this summer, but came up short 7-5 in the third, only getting broken once in the third set which was all that was needed. Lisa would also lose in the QFs of the Mixed also to Huber and partner Bob Bryan 6-4 7-6(3). Still a great US Open for Lisa as she shows off her great consistency at the slams this year with SFs at both doubles and Mixed for Australia, QF and Final at Wimbledon, and then QFs at both here at the US Open.



Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy. In the 3rd round of the Doubles, Beth and Meghann did the unthinkable when they upset 4th seeds Peschke/Srebotnik. Peschke/Srebotnik had just beaten them at the New Haven final a week prior, but Meg and Beth came out knowing what to expect and just blew past them 6-4 6-1 to make the QFs. In the QFs though, their steam ran out as Chan/Zheng took them out 6-4 6-4. In the Mixed event, Beth and Nestor beat Chan/Hanley 6-4 6-3 in the QFs. In her best result at a Mixed Slam, Beth was in the SFs to take on good friends Huber/Bob Bryan, but came up short of potentially winning her first slam, 6-3 7-5 to them. Still an amazing US Open for Beth as she went deep in both the Doubles and Mixed events.



Sloane Stephens. Sloane for her winning her 3rd Juniors Slam Doubles Title and for making the SFs of the singles. In the singles, Sloane beat Njiric 6-1 6-3, and Tian 6-3 7-5. In the third round, Sloane took out the Roland Garros Juniors Champ Svitolina 6-4 6-0 and then followed that up with a 3-6 6-4 6-3 win over Wimbledon Junior Champ Karolina Pliskova. But the Junior Youth Olympic Gold Medalist and Top Seed Gavrilova ended the American hopes' dream with a heartbreaking loss for Sloane 7-5 1-6 7-6(4). In the Junior Doubles event, Sloane and Timea Babos won the Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles, and now added the US Open when walkover win over Njiric/Mestach.
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Re: Team USA's Player of the Week for August 30th - Beatrice Capra

Player of the Week for September 13 Goes to...




Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Bethanie for her amazing run to the finals of both the singles and doubles in Quebec City. In the first round of the singles, Beth took out tough rising American player Irina Falconi in a tight straight set match, 6-4 7-5. In the second round, Beth beat Julia Goerges 6-1 6-4. Up next was an impressive Canadian, Rebecca Marino, but Beth stood strong and was able to withstand the big shots of the Canadian to take it 6-4 7-6(4). In the SFs, Beth eased past Lucie Safarova 6-2 6-1 to make her 2nd career Final, both here in Quebec City. In the Final, Beth would lead in all 3 sets, in the first she led 4-1 in the first and then 5-4 and led 6-4 in the tiebreak before losing 7-6(6). In the second set, Beth took it 6-2. In the third set, Beth led 3-1 beforing eventually losing it 7-5. In the Doubles, Beth teamed up with Zahlavova Strycova. They beat Molik/Pelletier 6-3 7-6(8) and then Oudin/Zalameda 7-6(6) 6-3. In the SFs they beat Foretz/Woerle 6-1 6-2. In the Final, they went in as the favorites over Arvidsson/Larsson, but wound up losing it 6-1 2-6 [10-6]. Beth leaves Quebec in heartbreaking fashion as she comes up short in both finals.

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Christina McHale. Christina for making her first tour level SF. In the first round, Christina beat Osterloh 6-1 4-6 6-4. She then took out Canada's own Tetreault 6-4 6-3. Then took on another American Alexa Glatch and cruised to the win 6-3 6-1. In her first ever SF on the WTA tour, Christina played Tamira Paszek. Tamira eased to the win though 6-2 6-2. A phenomenal week for Christina as she keeps closing in on making the top 100.



Alexa Glatch. Alexa for coming through Qualifying in Quebec City to make the QFs. In the first round of qualifying, Glatch beat Alexandra Stevenson 6-3 6-1 and then took out Julia Cohen 6-4 6-2. In the final round of Qualifying, Alexa beat top qualifying seed Anne Keothavong 2-6 6-2 6-1. In the Main Draw, Alexa sliced and diced her way to the QFs taking down Sabine Lisicki 6-4 6-2 and then Stephanie Dubois 7-5 6-2. In the QFs though, she ran out of steam as McHale brushed her aside 6-3 6-1. But a great week for Alexa as she begins her return from injury.



Melanie Oudin. Melanie for her QF showing in Quebec City. In the first round, she ousted fellow American Alison Riske 6-2 7-6(3). In the second round, Melanie took on Tatishvilli. Melanie cruised past her 6-3 6-0. In the QFs, Melanie had a tough task going up against Lucie Safarova. Melanie gave it her all, but Lucie barely got by her 4-6 6-2 6-4. But a great effort for Melanie after her disappointing results lately.



Irina Falconi. Irina for qualifying in Quebec City. In the first round, Irina beat Mills 6-1 6-0 and then took out Woerle 6-4 6-1. In the Final round, she played Abigail Spears and won the tight three setter 5-7 7-5 7-6(4) to make it into the Main Draw. In the Main Draw though, Irina drew Bethanie Mattek-Sands. She gave it all best, but came up short 6-4 7-5. Still a great follow up for Irina after qualifying for the US Open.



Jamie Hampton. Jamie for winning the 25K Redding title. Jamie was the top seed and held true to that seeding as she went on to take the title. In the first round she eased past He 6-2 6-0. In the second round, McDowell 6-1 6-0. In the QFs, it would get tougher for Jamie against Gabriela Paz, but Jamie edged her out 2-6 6-1 7-5. Jamie then eased past Luzhanska 6-1 6-3. In the Final, Jamie would beat Pandzic 3-6 6-1 6-4 in the indoor final because of the rain. Jamie took yet another title this season as she continues to keep up her great form.
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Re: Team USA's Player of the Week for August 30th - Beatrice Capra

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Lindsay Lee-Waters.

Lindsay Lee-Waters gets it for making the Finals of the Singles, and winning the Doubles title in the 75K Albuquerque. Lindsay in the first round, beat Fink 6-4 6-1. In the second round, Albanese 6-1 6-4. Lindsay in the QFs then beat Ahsha Rolle 4-6 6-1 6-4. Then took out Tatishvili 6-3 6-0 to make the finals against Mirjana Lucic. Lindsay would lose it though 6-1 6-4. Lindsay teamed with Megan Moulton-Levy to win the Doubles title, 2-6 6-3 [10-8] in the Final over top seeds Spears/Washington. This was a great week for Lindsay.

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Alison Riske. Alison for making the Finals of 50K Saguenay. After her pretty bad summer, Alison started to rebuild some form in Saguenay, Canada. In the first round as the 2nd seed, Alison beat Mills 6-2 6-0. In the 2nd round, Alison benefited from a quick match after Hendler retired at 6-3. Alison then took out Canadian Tetreault 6-2 6-4. In the SFs, Alison beat another Canadian El Tabakh 6-2 6-1. Alison went into the final to play top seed Rebecca Marino, looking to take the title and also to take out her 3rd straight Canadian. But Rebecca barely scraped by Alison 6-4 6-7(4) 7-6(5). Alison came up short, but is showing some promising signs.



Jamie Hampton. Jamie for her QF run in 50K Saguenay. Jamie beat Ruckert 6-2 6-2 and then followed that up with a 6-2 6-3 win over Cravero. In the QFs Jamie had to play Canadian Heidi El Tabakh. Heidi got the upset when she picked up the 0-6 6-3 6-2 win over Jamie. Jamie started off well before fizzling out. Another good solid week for Jamie though.



Jill Craybas. Jill for her good showing in Tashkent. In the singles, Jill took out Palkina 6-2 6-3 in the first round to set up a clash with Uzbekistani Akgul Amanmuradova. Jill had set points in the first set, but would lose it 7-5, then she fought hard to take the 2nd 7-6(6). But in the third she had no crowd support and little energy as Akgul got pumped and took it 6-2. In the Doubles, Jill and Niculescu made the SFs. In the first round, they beat Abduraimova/Sharipova 6-4 6-1. In the QFs, Jill and Monica beat Rodina/Voegele 6-3 6-4. In the SFs, they took on Dulgheru/Rybarikova. They led 6-4 4-1 before falling apart and losing 4-6 7-6(6) [10-6]. They were 2 points away from making the finals at 6-6 in the tiebreak, after fighting back from 6-3 down, but they lost the next 2 points.



Vania King. Vania for her solid performance in Seoul. In the Singles, Vania took out Alberta Brianti in the first round, 6-4 7-5. And then had to come up against top seed Nadia Petrova. Vania had only won 4 games in their previous few matches. But in that second round, Vania gave it her best and made it closer than ever with a 6-3 6-4 loss. In the doubles, the US Open Champs, Vania and Yari beat Lu/Xu 6-4 7-5 to make the QFs. In the QFs, they lost a tough match to Date Krumm/Morita 7-5 1-6 [11-9]. A great attempt from them, but the Japenese duo were just that little bit better.



Albuquerque Girls. Mashona Washington for her upset of 2nd seed Sorana Cirstea. Mashona took her out 7-6(5) 2-6 6-4. She followed that up with a 6-4 6-3 loss to Ahsha Rolle, who beat Irina Falconi 2-6 6-4 6-2 in the first round. Sloane Stephens beat Tomljanovic 6-0 6-1 and then Rampre 6-2 6-4. A great showing from Sloane in this 75K as she beat a top youngster and then a ITF veteran. Sloane would lose though to Varvara Lepchenko in the QFs 6-1 6-4. Varvara Lepchenko on the way to the SFs beat Asia 7-5 6-4, Siegemund 6-3 6-1 and then Sloane 6-1 6-4. Varvara would lead Mrijana Lucic 6-1 5-4 before losing 1-6 7-5 6-1. Varvara had another great week, showing how she got to be the #1 seed.

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Re: Team USA's Player of the Week for August 30th - Beatrice Capra

Player of the Week for September 27 Goes to...




Coco Vandeweghe.

Coco for her amazing week in Tokyo, coming from Qualifying to make the QFs. In Qualies, Coco beat Tathiana Garbin 7-5 6-4 and then knocked out Guangzhou winner Jarmila Groth 6-4 7-6(2). In the Main Draw, Coco beat Klara Zakopalova, the finalist of Seoul, 6-4 7-6(6). Coco then beat Aravane Rezai 6-4 6-4 to put her into the 3rd round of the Premier 5. Coco then beat Julia Goerges 6-3 6-0. Coco then played Victoria Azarenka in the SFs, where Vika just ran through her 6-2 6-1. But Coco showed off her amazing talent once again on the WTA tour, just like in San Diego, this time though she beat in form players like Jarmila Groth and Klara Zakopalova. Coco's booming serve helped to pick up these great wins this week and hopefully she can continue these results in weeks to come.

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Christina McHale. Christina for also having a great run in Tokyo. In the Qualifying, Christina beat Shuai Peng 6-3 6-2 and then Anastasia Rodionova 6-2 4-6 7-5. 2 great wins for Christina in the qualifying to put her into the Main Draw. In the Main Draw she drew Flavia Pennetta. Flavia eased past Christina though 6-3 6-1. Still another great week for Christina as she continues to get closer to the top 100.



Liezel Huber. Liezel for making the SFs of Tokyo. In the first round, Liezel and partner Yung-Jan Chan got by Goerges/Rodionova 6-0 4-6 [10-2]. In the QFs, they received a Walkover victory over Azarenka/Safina. In the SFs, they played Peng/Peer and gave it their best as even when they seemed to be down and out, they kept trying to claw their way back, but eventually still fell 6-4 5-7 [10-5]. Still a solid week for the World #1.



Lisa Raymond. Lisa and Rennae teamed up to make the SFs of Tokyo as well. In the first round, they had a tough opener against Llagostera Vives/Martinez Sanchez, but they came away with the win after being down 5-4 to race away with the next 9 of 10 games to make the QFs. They also got a walkover in the QFs, thanks to Schiavone's knee injury. In the SFs, they had to play Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova. The first set would be a tight set as Raymond/Stubbs kept trying to find a way back into the set, but eventually fell 7-6(3). The second set was much tougher for Lisa/Rennae as they went down 6-2. Another good solid week for them going to try to qualify for Doha.



Jill Craybas. Jill for making the QFs of singles and Final of Doubles in 100K Ningbo. In the first round, Jill beat Liang 6-3 6-2. In the second round, Jill Lee 6-4 6-3. In the QFs, Rybarikova barely escaped Jill the Giant Killer's grasps as she would fight from near defeat to beat Jill 3-6 7-6(4) 6-0. In the Doubles, Jill teamed up with Savchuk and in the first round they took down Ji/Li 6-4 6-1. In the QFs, they once again eased to the win, this time 6-2 6-1 over Lertcheewakarn/Sema. Continuing their good form together they beat Ferguson/Lykina 6-2 6-3 to make the Finals. But they would lose it to Chan/Chen 6-3 3-6 [10-8], being within points of grabbing the title. Still a great showing from the old lady



Vegas Girls. Chelsey Gullickson for her win over Julia Cohen 0-6 7-6(3) 6-2. She would then lose to Abigail Spears though in the next round. Lauren Albanese for her QF run. She beat Foretz 7-6(4) 6-0 and then Muhammed 6-4 7-5. In the QFs, she lost to Cirstea 6-2 6-3. Abigail Spears for her QF run in Vegas beating Siegemund 6-1 6-4, Chelsey Gullickson 6-0 5-7 6-4 before falling to Lucic 7-6(3) 7-5. And Finally, the Champion o Vegas, Varvara Lepchenko. In her first round, she beat Woerle -3 6-3, then followed that up with a 7-6(8) 6-3 win over Lee-Waters. Then a QF win over Tatishvili in a thrilling 3 setter, 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 6-3. Then got revenge on Lucic for last week, by closing her out this time 6-3 6-4. In the Final, Varvara beat Former top player Cirstea 6-2 6-2 to take the title. In the doubles, Lee-Waters/Levy would once again win the title, this time with a 1-6 7-5 [10-4] Final win over Falconi/Sanchez.
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Re: Team USA's Player of the Week for August 30th - Beatrice Capra

Player of the Week for October 4 Goes to...




Alison Riske.

Alison for winning the singles title in 75K Barnstaple. In the first round, Alison started off the event with a bang as she knocked out top seed Romina Oprandi 6-0 7-5. Then took out Emma Laine 6-1 6-3. In the QFs, Alison would trail 5th seed Pauline Parmentier 6-2 5-4 before turning it around to pick up another upset 2-6 7-5 6-3. Alison then got into a real battle in the SFs against 4th seed Ksenia Pervak. The first set would go to a tiebreak, where Ksenia took it 7-6(6). Ksenia led 2-1 before Alison turned it around to take the second 6-3. In the third, it was 2-2 before Alison raced away to a 5-2 lead before falling apart to go down 6-5. Ksenia served for it, but Alison's fighting spirit took over and she stormed away and won the tiebreak 7-2. In the Final, Alison took on 2nd seed Johanna Larsson and absolutely crushed her 6-2 6-0 to win the title. Alison won her biggest title and did so beating the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th seeds to take the title.

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Jill Craybas. Jill for her great run in Tokyo, making the Final of Singles and winning the Doubles. In the singles first round, Jill beat 2nd seed Jelena Dokic. Jill lost the first set 6-3 before her game started to click and she would go on to win it 3-6 6-2 6-3. In the 2nd round, she beat Lertcheewakarn 6-3 2-6 6-2. In the QFs, Jill took out defending champion Julie Coin 7-6(2) 6-3. In the SFs, Jill got her chance to get revenge on Magdalena Rybarikova and she did just that. Jill led 3-1 in the first before letting that slip and losing the first set 7-6(3). Jill cruised 6-1 in the second set. Jill led 5-3 in the third before letting it slip and went to a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, Jill trailed an early mini-break, but she won it 7-6(4). In the Final, Jill took on Ayumi Morita, who she was 0-2 against, and made it 0-3 when she lost 6-3 7-5. In the Doubles, Jill teamed up with Tamarine Tanasugarn. In the first round, they had a tough task against Chan/Fujiwara and pulled off the tight win 6-4 3-6 [10-7]. They then started to cruise past their opponents with a 6-3 6-0 win over Basuki/Luzhanska and 6-0 6-3 win over Panova/Voegele. In the final, they beat Savchuk/Radwanska 6-3 6-1. So a great week for Jill as she relived some past joy here in Tokyo.



Vania King. In Beijing Qualifying, Vania beat Zarina Diyas 7-5 7-5 in the first round, to set up a clash with top seed Makarova. It would be a weird match as the first 2 sets would be split, 1-6 6-1. But Makarova raised her level again in the third to take it 6-3. Vania went down 6-1 1-6 6-3. In the Doubles, Vania and Yari would make the SFs. Being the 4th seed they got a 1st round Bye. In the second round, they beat Date Krumm/Peng 6-4 6-3 and got a walkover in the QFs against Petrova/Kirilenko. In the SFs, they were ousted by eventual Champs Chuang/Govortsova 6-7(5) 6-4 [10-3]. Still a good turn around for them after some tough doubles results lately. With the QF loss of Martinez Sanchez/Llagostera Vives, Vania and Yari qualified for Doha.



Lisa Raymond. Despite losing in the first round with Rennae in Beijing to Dushevina/Parra Santonja 3-6 6-3 [12-10] after holding a match point. Though with the loss of Martinez Sanchez/Llagostera Vives in the QFs of Beijing, Lisa and Rennae qualified for Doha. This will be Lisa's first time playing the YEC since winning it in 2006 and it will be 10th playing the YEC. The highlights of their year have been winning Eastbourne, finals of San Diego and Cincinnati, and SFs at Australian Open and Miami.



Irina Falconi. Irina for her SF performance in 50K Kansas City. In the first round, Irina beat Tatishvili 7-5 6-2. In the second round, she continued her good run with a 6-3 6-0 win over Konta. Followed that with a 4-6 7-6(2) 6-0 win over Paz. Her good run would end though to Gallovits. Edina beat Irina 6-1 2-6 6-0. Irina continues to show her impressive game since leaving college.
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Another awesome job! I know this takes quite a bit of time, so thanks for updating the thread

Btw, your really becoming a pro with the expressive photos
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Will be done tomorrow, giving more time to try to find pics.
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