In the third set, it seemed that Serena had fully recovered from a back ailment. Both women were serving well, hitting great groundstrokes. Many of the rallies were long standoffs.
However, the game-changer was that Sloane was very comfortable and adept at coming to the net. She had a great feel for her approach shots, they varied each time depending on the situation. She backed it up with effective and professional volleys.
Sloane was able to apply the pressure at these pivotal moments in the match. She forced Serena into numerous passing shot errors. In fact, I do not remember one successful passing shot in the third set by Serena.
Sloane Stephens has the complete package.
<p>Joel Ross is owner/director of <a href="http://joelrosstennis.com">Joel Ross Tennis & Golf Camp</a> in Kent, Conn. Over the past 22 years, more than 5,000 campers have enjoyed the<a href="http://joelrosstennis.com"> "Joel Ross" tennis camp</a> experience. Joel was NYS High School Singles Champion in 1967 and 1968 while playing for Westbury High School on Long Island. He was Big 10 Singles Champion in 1971 while attending University of Michigan and was on the cover of <em>Tennis Magazine</em> that year. He was player/coach of the U.S. Maccabiah Tennis Team in 1977 and won a gold medal in mens doubles with his partner, Peter Rennert. He may be reached by e-mail at <a href="http://firstname.lastname@example.org">info@</a><a href="http://email@example.com">joelrosstennis.com</a>.</p>