The Overrule: Sloane secures first win, Vika returns but is set for time away & doubles disrespect?

Sloane Stephens digs deep to claim first win of 2020 but defeat to Fernandez a set back but doubles with Kim will help the American find fun on the court!

It has been a tough time for Sloane Stephens but the American finally has her first win of the season as she defeated American wildcard in Monterrey. 

Sloane defeated teenager Emma Navarro 6-4 5-7 6-1 as she picked up her first win of the calendar year and stop the rot if only temporarily. 

The former US Open winner was halted in the second round by teenage sensation Leylah Fernandez who once again put on another big win in what was her 9th match in 11 days to see off Sloane 6-7 6-3 6-3 setting back the American.

There was a moment during the match where Sloane had her coach Kamau Murray on for on-court coaching and is was sad to see Sloane just lost, dejected and lacking confidence.

It is a tough time for the 26 year old who turns 27 towards at the end of the month and I hope she find the answer soon.

I think playing doubles with Kim is such a great idea for Sloane. It will bring something she hasn’t had for some time on the tour and that is fun. Doubles with Kim she will be able to let loose a little and just have fun, there will be attention on them with Kim being a great champion and previous champion many years ago and that will suit Sloane.

At her best the American is pretty frightening and I do hope we begin to see that very soon from her!

I understand Elina Svitolina & Johanna Konta teaming up for doubles to find winning rhythm but withdrawing after one win is slightly disrespectful

I think singles player playing doubles is very good. It brings more fans to doubles, improves the players all-round game and in moments where you need wins and are not in great form it is a good platform but should be respected.

Eli and Jo won 7-6 6-3 on Monday against Errani and Seguel in the doubles and on Tuesday both won their opening singles matches. On Tuesday Eli Svitolina won her first singles match and on Wednesday Jo Konta won her match against Kim Clijsters.

Hours after both of their wins it was announced they had pulled out of the doubles despite not be being scheduled to play until Thursday.

I like both players, I’ve watched them live and I’m pleased to see this week both have found some much needed form but the disrespect shown to the doubles tennis is not good. In all honesty it brings back that saying “it’s only doubles” and has done nothing to promote doubles tennis and has cost a team a place in the draw.

Victoria Azarenka makes long awaited return to tennis but is set for more time off as she withdraws from Indian Wells to practice more before competing

2020 has been a story of the unknown for Victoria Azarenka but we do know she will not be at Indian Wells this year.

The Belarusian made her 2020 debut in Monterrey this last week but the seventh seed lost 2-6 2-6 to Tamara Zidansek and is without a win in singles since 13th of August last year. By the next time the former Indian Wells champion steps on court it will be over 7 months since her last singles win.

Question marks have been raised next to Vika’s future with her and Ash Barty calling time on their doubles, Vika losing her coach and not playing until March this year.

She did spend some of her off-season at the Mouratoglou training camp which had Serena, Coco & Holger Rune there for sometime and in her Instagram post to announce her withdrawal from Indian Wells next to her was someone from the Mouratoglou Academy

There has been no official line on her coach but it is looking like the former world number one is working with Patrick’s team. 

The question is, when will we see Vika? I doubt she would return for Miami to play hard court tennis for a week or so before the clay season kicks in. I imagine her first year event would be Charleston in early April.

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