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January 16th, 2013

Flashback: The Making of a Pro — Florida’s 13-Year-old Star Madison Keys

“There’s a long way to go between now and the pro level,” Chris Evert says. “At 12 years old she’s pretty much an all-court player; she’s not one-dimensional, which is pretty rare in this day and age. Your normal 12-year-old is five foot tall and it’s tough to demand of them, ‘You have to hit the ball hard, have a great serve and know how to volley.’ It’s really been a quick rise, and once you get success at an early age, that is real encouragement. She got to go to France this year to play in the world 14-year-olds, and these things are little incentives. I know for me, as a junior we drove to Chattanooga, Tennessee, with five kids in the car, and it was a thrill to stay at a Holiday Inn.”

Posted by Special @ 1:46 pm in Australian Open, Tennis | 3 Comments »

January 16th, 2013

Breakthroughs, Upsets, Chokes, Maria’s Bagels Wed. at Aussie Open

China’s Zheng Jie pulled off perhaps the largest upset of the day — only perhaps, because it was only a matter of time before Top 10er Sam Stosur got tight in front of her home audience. Jie defeated the No. 9-seeded Stosur 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 after Stosur twice served for the match, and double-faulted on match point for good measure.

Posted by Staff @ 9:18 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 115 Comments »