Todd at WTA Backspin has been known to coin a great adjective ("Jankovician" and "Radwanskan" come to mind) from time to time. His latest is "Sloaney," which is, I think self-explanatory. And oh, how Sloaney the world number 16 was tonight in Miami. I mean no disrespect to her opponent, Caroline Wozniacki, who did her job and did it well, while hitting only about a half dozen winners. But Wozniacki didn't have to do anything else; Stephens was a not-very-moving target, just waiting to be picked off. There was no energy, no creativity and no aggression on her part. She made five points in the second set. Wozniacki beat her 6-1, 6-0.
Something is really wrong in Sloaneville.
Meanwhile, Varvara Lepchenko slugged it out with Ajla Tomljanovic for three hours, and won, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6. Impressive. Venus Williams beat Casey Dellacqua, though it took her three sets to get the job done. Dominika Cibulkova won a hard-fought two-setter (7-6, 6-4) against Alize Cornet (who seems to finally be hitting her stride again), Li Na beat Madison Keys 7-6, 6-3, and Aga Radwanska beat Elena Vesnina 7-5, 6-3. Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Kaia Kanepi, and Elina Svitolina defeated Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
I'm going to miss most of tomorrow's play because of my work schedule (work--always getting in the way of watching tennis), but I hope to catch some highlights here and there.