Mayo Hibi won the women's U.S. Open National Playoffs, and has been awarded a wild card into U.S. Open qualifying. 17-year-old Hibi, who represents Japan, lives in Irvine, California. She is ranked number 262 in the world.
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There have already been several retirements in New Haven. Virginia Razzano, Monica Niculescu, Heather Watson, Polona Herzog, Flavia Pennetta, Sofia Arvidsson, and Yaroslava Shvedova all retired during qualifying. Peng Shuai, Sorana Cirstea and Ayumi Morita retired during the first round.
Coco Vandeweghe and Christina McHale are changing their coaching situations. Recently, television commentators were talking about Vandeweghe and said that she wanted to play basketball but that her mother rather strongly persuaded her to choose tennis because it is "a better sport for women." Chris Evert then remarked that perhaps Vandeweghe should play some WTT tennis since she likes team sports. Maybe. But I'm thinking--perhaps she should just play basketball?
Ah, and it wasn't that long ago that Maria Sharapova told Novak Djokovic, "I don't stick my ass out anymore."