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Re: Rome R2: Konta d. (7) Stephens 67(3) 64 61

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Sorry, I meant to write *Monday, not Tuesday the 2 days off will definitely have helped Vee recover from that 3 hour match but yes, fresh perhaps isn't the right word for her at the moment haha.

I feel like Konta will start well and Vee will get off to a usual slow start, before working her way in. If Vee does take Jo out here again, like 2 years ago, I hope she can keep going and produce a great week her ranking needs it.
I can see the match shaping up the same way (re: the slow start), and I had actually forgotten they played here in 2017! It's probably good preparation even for whoever loses that they'll battle here before RG comes around (and grass given that Wimbledon is only 3 weeks later). Facing a name player, on a big show court on slow clay is as good preparation as you can get for what is (for both) their worst slam.
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No words for this....
She’s such a walking bye at RG, I dread to think what her ranking will plummet to after it

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Bad result but irrelevant since next match is rigged for Venus who's been resting for three days. Probably Sloane lost on purpose and it was the right call.
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Re: Rome R2: Konta d. (7) Stephens 67(3) 64 61

Just last week people said Sven had completely reinvigorated Sloane's game after one tournament. What happened since then???

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Re: Rome R2: Konta d. (7) Stephens 67(3) 64 61

Not good, at all. LOL. Sloane is just not there... physically or mentally. For her style of game, her fitness is not anywhere near where it needs to be. She will definitely be out of Top 10 after the FO.

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Re: Rome R2: Konta d. (7) Stephens 67(3) 64 61

I agree that she doesn't seem all there physically or mentally, still not moving close to her best and looking fatigued too early in matches. The service improvements weren't on display today. Still, I trust that she's working hard with Sven and the structure they're implementing will help her in the long-term. Tough to predict how she'll go in RG though, she might crash out in R1 or make it to R4/QF. I don't see her going any deeper than that.

Konta literally hit so many balls on the line in the space of 3-4 games in that 3rd set. That certainly didn't help, nor did the net cords.

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Casey Dellacqua, Jelena Jankovic, Anna-Lena Groenefeld,
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Re: Rome R2: Konta d. (7) Stephens 67(3) 64 61

And now watch Sloane get to the Semis or win the French Open
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And now watch Sloane get to the Semis or win the French Open
I was just about to say something like that, lol.

Stephens is very strangely NOT a "form player". She's more like an anti-form player...her titles come after a run of bad form.
Her biggest results from 2018 were Miami (winner) and the FO (finalist) yet there was no positive trend leading up to those results.
After her 2017 US Open victory Stephens was pretty dire.

She lost in the 1st round of Sydney (to Giorgi) and 1st round of AO (to Zhang).
Following those results, she lost in the 2nd round of IW (to Kasatkina) after beating a returning Vika to avoid another R1 exit.
Then she WON Miami out of nowhere, beating Muguruza, Kerber, Azarenka, and Ostapenko along the way.

Following that she withdrew from Charleston then got breadsticked and bageled by Coco Vandeweghe in Stuttgart.
A pair of Round of 16 exits in Madrid and Rome ensued followed by a R1 loss to Putintseva at the Nuremberg cup.
Then she went to Roland Garros and made the final, bossing Halep around for a set and a half and and looking like she'd become FO champion.

You just can't predict anything when it comes to Stephens.
If there's any trend it's that she wins a big title after a long enough stretch of being terrible.
In that case, just give her the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen already (only half kidding).

I think the idea that she's lazy or doesn't care most of the times is just a way to try to explain this weirdness.
How can a player with the ability to beat almost anyone manage to lose to almost everyone for months at a time before "turning on" without warning?
It's really unique.
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