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Old Jan 17th, 2013, 08:44 AM   #1
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Australian Open 2R - Stephens def. Mladenovic 6-4 6-3

Poor, poor match from Kristina (10-37) -- just didn't read the game correctly, like 100% of her opponent's winning shots came from the forehand yet played 70-80% to that side for the same outcome. Served pretty poor too, unfortunate, match was really winnable without even counting the leads she had and gifting them back with poor execution, decision making resulting in rather stupid (avoidable) unforced shots.
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Old Jan 17th, 2013, 08:45 AM   #2
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Re: Australian Open 2R - Stephens def. Kristina 6-4 6-3

Great, Great match from Sloane
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Re: Australian Open 2R - Stephens def. Kristina 6-4 6-3

Horrible match (at least the second set).
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Re: Australian Open 2R - Stephens def. Kristina 6-4 6-3

Sloane is just that step further in her progression.
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Re: Australian Open 2R - Stephens def. Kristina 6-4 6-3

Sloane.
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Old Jan 17th, 2013, 08:49 AM   #6
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Re: Australian Open 2R - Stephens def. Kristina 6-4 6-3

I've only seen the second set and it was awful. Sloane needs to pick it up in the next round.
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Old Jan 17th, 2013, 08:50 AM   #7
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Re: Australian Open 2R - Stephens def. Kristina 6-4 6-3

Limits of Mladenovic's current level. A lot of errors, especially on key points. And this match was really winnable.

As soon as she plays an in form and solid player, she gets lost in straight sets :
- Bartoli USO 2012
- Hradecka Quebec 2012
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Re: Australian Open 2R - Stephens def. Kristina 6-4 6-3

Mladenovic looks like another brainless ballbasher who needs to improve her movement. Perhaps the heat affected her because at the beginning of the match she was moving well and moving up to short shots, but then at around 4-4 she went away and stopped moving.
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Old Jan 17th, 2013, 08:56 AM   #9
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Re: Australian Open 2R - Stephens def. Kristina 6-4 6-3

Sloane's just going about her business. She's made the transition into expecting to win rather than being surprised. Great to see. Next round will be much, much tougher.
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Re: Australian Open 2R - Stephens def. Kristina 6-4 6-3

I'm still not ready to drink the Sloane flavored Kool-Aid. She just doesn't impress me and this match did absolutely nothing to make me a believer of hers. Nonetheless I'm happy for her, will continue to root for her, and wish her the best. I do see potential and who knows maybe these wins and her higher ranking will inspire her to take her game to the next level.
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Re: Australian Open 2R - Stephens def. Mladenovic 6-4 6-3

Don't forget the heat. Hard to be impressive in the heat when you are hot and your opponent is missing every other shot, too. Regardless of who wins in Laura vs. Petra, Sloane has a good look at a QF run here.
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Re: Australian Open 2R - Stephens def. Mladenovic 6-4 6-3

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Don't forget the heat. Hard to be impressive in the heat when you are hot and your opponent is missing every other shot, too. Regardless of who wins in Laura vs. Petra, Sloane has a good look at a QF run here.
I actually wasn't considering the heat, so that excuses the listlessness and all around bad play from both. Even-still, I've seen enough matches from her to get a feel for her game. Still room for lots of improvement, but agreed that against either opponent in the next round she's got a real good shot.
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Sloane's just going about her business. She's made the transition into expecting to win rather than being surprised. Great to see. Next round will be much, much tougher.
Yeah she seems to have reached that stage of just making winning a habit, even from ugly matches.
Good for her.
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Re: Australian Open 2R - Stephens def. Mladenovic 6-4 6-3

Well done Sloane!
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