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She doubles good times on the court

By DAVID FILKINS, Staff writer

First published: Saturday, July 17, 2004

SCHENECTADY -- These are the good days for Bryanne Stewart. She bounces up and down on the tennis court with a smile on her face. She's enjoying herself.

She's earned it. Things haven't always been fine for the 23-year-old Australian and member of World TeamTennis' New York Buzz.

Stewart, who turned pro in 1998, stumbled through the 2003 season after having a career year in 2002. Her singles ranking, as low as 135 in 2002, had tripled in just a year's time, and she considered giving up the sport she had been playing since she was eight years old.

"At that time I was thinking about stopping tennis," Stewart said. "But I realized that I still loved the game.

So rather than toss out her racket, Stewart created a new plan. She had been playing both singles and doubles for the past five years, and was never able to focus on her game.

"I was kind of in two minds all the time, asking myself whether I wanted to play singles or doubles," Stewart said.

The 5-foot-9 blonde's fortune began to change in January at the Australian Open. Stewart was home, with a lots of followers, and had settled on entering just the doubles.

"I went to Melbourne only looking to play doubles," Stewart said. "I really enjoyed playing with Sam (doubles partner Samantha Stosur), and that was the turning point in my life. It was a typical Australian afternoon. There were lots of Aussie's there, they had all been drinking, and they were all hollering for me. It was an unbelievable atmosphere."

Although Stewart and Stosur lost in the first round, suddenly Stewart's game worked. Her serves were harder, her ground strokes more accurate, and her confidence soared.

Stewart has simplified her game since then. She now considers herself a full-time doubles player, and has seen almost immediate results. In the six months since the Australian Open, her doubles ranking has improved to a career-best 71st in the world.

"I'm much happier," Stewart said, "and I am concentrating on just going out there and enjoying myself."

But not every game is a winner. The Buzz lost 20-17 to the defending WTT champion Delaware Smash in front of 800 fans at MVP Stadium in Schenectady. Stewart and playing partner Viktoriya Kutuzova lost 5-1 in women's doubles, but she rebounded to win 5-2 with Justin Bowers in mixed doubles.

But Stewart doesn't beat herself up after losses anymore. She's gradually moving up the tennis ladder, and is content where she is in her life right now. Of the $300,000 Stewart has made as a professional, a large portion of it is used to fly herself around the world simply to compete. Such is life unless you're an elite player with sponsor support.

"It does cost a lot to compete," Stewart said. "But if you're a bit careful, you can still make money. Right now I am just enjoying myself, and waiting to see what happens next."
 

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Quite nice Thx !!
 

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bryanne keep that doubles ranking going up :bounce:
 

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Just wondering, is Bryan one of the more popular players on the tour? That's what you hav to be to play WTT right? But I dont understand the reason she does not want to play singles, if she thinks it's costing a lot to compete, shouldnt she be trying to get some money from singles as well? strange decisions, but good to see her play again:).
 

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Bryanne said that playing singles in too mentally draining and she wasnt enoying her tennis

i would love to see her come back . . im a huge fan and she definately has talent !!

PLZ BRYANNE !!!! COME BACK !!!
 

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Bryanne said that playing singles in too mentally draining and she wasnt enoying her tennis
Sounds like me! :eek: That's why I prefers doubles. Yes, I'm better at doubles than singles.
 

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I like both doubles and singles cause in doubles im a great net player and doubles can be move enjoyable but if u enjoy playing then singles can be aswell . . . . Bryanne is a baseliner so its weird why she doesnt play both or likes singles SHE HAS THE GAME !! I think her game against Schyder in Sydney where she got doubled would definately have an effect on that choice

perhaps she spoke to Lisa McShea who has 'retired' from singles and now concentrates on doubles and they are having a contest to see who can win the most in doubles????
 

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Would be nice if McShea/Stewart team up for 2005 ;)
 

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i hate doubles! im ok at the net, but when im playing doubles i dont know when to cross etc plus i feel so much pressure to play well for my partner
i personally like singles WAY better
 

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47 Rαmbαldi <0> said:
Would be nice if McShea/Stewart team up for 2005 ;)
That would be interesting cause if they played challengers they could both players singles aswell !!
 

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BRIANNE IS PLAYING QUALIES IN NEW HAVEN !!!!!

35 120 SERRA ZANETTI Antonella ITA
36 386 STEWART Bryanne AUS

YAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :worship: :bounce:
 

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Brianne plays 2morow . . . . .

Would love to see her qualify !! That would be wicked awesome !!
 

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Serra-Zanetti d. Bryanne Stewart 64 63

Still great to see her back playing singles !!
 

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BRYANNE IS IN SINGLES QUALIFYING !!!!!!!!

Japan 1st round
Stewart d. Takase 6-2 6-3


YAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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She won her second round against Spears (Who beat a string of aussie players last year at the 25K's) I think this is a good win

She'll have her work cut out for her next beacuse she plays Peer
 

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Bryanne Stewart (AUS) d. Abigail Spears (USA) 64 16 61

Unfortunately she plays Shahar Peer in next round

CMON BRYANNE !!
 

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WOW !!

So close to an upset . . . . but still has potiential !!

Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Bryanne Stewart (AUS) 46 62 61
 

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gr8 effort bryanne
spears got to the semis in seoul last week! shows that bryanne still has potential as a singles player
 
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