Quite the 21st birthday you're having, Vika. She continued her dominance over Sam with a clean kill, 62 63. She's now 4-0 over Sam, being her pretty soundly the last two times they've met. Oh, and she's projected to play Sam *again* next week in San Diego if she can get past Melanie, who she beat here at Stanford. As much as it pains me to say it, Vika was fantastic. She served well, returned even better, and got the jump on Sam in taking control over the points. "I think she played quite well today. Punished me when I didn't get a good serve in the court, that's for sure. Definitely wasn't my best day and she played quite well."
Nope, Sam did not play her best. Her biggest shot is the one that she has 100% control over: her serve. And she didn't serve well. Without that shot her game falls apart. But again, credit to Vika for reading her kicker and getting into Sam's head. I have no doubt that contributed to the poor serving.
Sam on Vika: "I mean, she's definitely a good player and I think she's proved that being in the top 10 for a while. She's had a not so good couple of months and kind of fallen away but I think she's definitely good enough to be up there where she was, that's for sure."
She was definitely disappointed after the match. Asked what she takes away from this tournament, she paused, "I don't know. Maybe I'll realize some more positive things as the day goes on [laughter]." She'll take a day off tomorrow, and maybe hit the loverly beaches of San Diego. "I might [laughter]. Yeah, I don't know. I haven't thought about it. Probably, yeah, might be a nice thing to do. I don't know if I'll be surfing, but maybe falling off a board or something like that [laughter]."
Nice to end the presser on a fun note.
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