I took a long break from blogging following the US Open to recharge my batteries. It’s quite an eventful post that brings me back as the past and possible future of tennis was served on day 3 of the 2013 Toray Pan Pacific Open. Reaching into days past was Venus Williams, who has been a shadow of herself in recent years, inconsistent at best. Never doubt the heart of a champion like Venus. She not only defeated top-seeded Victoria Azarenka, but did so decisively in strait sets 2 and 4. Admittedly, Vika claims she was under the weather but Venus has her own health issues with which to deal. I love Vika, but if a player decides to go out and play, then no excuses. All credit to Venus.
In a match that could foreshadow a future rivalry, up and coming Eugenie Bouchard took out emerging star Sloane Stephens in a thrilling, albeit streaky, 3 setter, 5-7 7-6 (7) 6-3. Although Sloane is by far the more accomplished player, she has enjoyed her greatest success in the Majors while being less than what she is capable of being in regular tournaments. That said, it is a great win for Genie,
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