Two Way Street

Georgia Briskey and Hannah Friel, Sports Editor and Staff Writer

Is there more to come for Sloane Stephens or did she just get lucky against Serena Williams?

Georgia: Coming out of the middle of nowhere, Sloane Stephens not only beat Serena Williams in the Australian Open, but also hung tough against Victoria Azarenka (ranked No. 1) in the semi-finals.

At only 19 years old, the world views Stephens as the next big thing. However, I think she still has a lot to learn before she makes it far in another tennis tournament.

There’s no question that dropping her world ranking of 29th to 17th after one tournament is impressive, but Sloane was given somewhat easy draws when it came to her competition.

Her first three rounds in the Australian Open were easy wins, as she won the first two sets in each match. When it came to her match against Serena Williams, she knew she had to step it up. Williams had her at the beginning of the match, but Williams began to feel a little under the weather. Is this a definite reason for why Stephens won? Absolutely not; Stephens has some serious talent. I think we should be keeping our eyes on another American tennis pro, Madison Keys anyone?

Hannah: Without a doubt, everyone should expect to see much more of Sloane Stephens. For those of you who have no idea who she is (which is understandable because until recently, Stephens has been under the radar) Stephens is a 19-year-old from Plantation, Florida with extremely underestimated talent.

Stephens is currently ranked 17th by the WTA, and at the Australian Open back in January she made it to the semi-finals round.

In the semi-finals Stephens lost to the No. 1 ranked player in the world, Victoria Azarenka. In the quarterfinals however, Stephens beat Serena Williams (ranked No. 3), which was shocking for many people. However, Stephens is extremely motivated and has raw talent. Stephens trains hard and is a fierce competitor, so there’s no doubt that she earned the win over Williams. She also showed that she can put up a strong fight against Azarenka, with the final score 1-6, 4-6. This is only the beginning of a great career for Stephens and there are definitely more great matches to come.

 

Do you think the Sharks will continue to play well or choke in the playoffs?

Georgia: Thank goodness the NHL lockout is over. If you’re a hockey fan then you’ve been watching the Sharks absolutely dominate the ice. With a 7-0-1 record, the Sharks have defeated most teams thanks to top scorer Patrick Marleau.

However, the Sharks are notorious for playing lousy when playoffs come at the end of the season . Back in 2011, the San Jose Sharks went all the way to the Conference Finals in the Stanley Cup, but lost before making it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Last season they did even worse as they lost in the first game against the St. Louis Blues, only scoring one goal. I’m not saying they don’t have potential, but history definitely has a way of repeating itself.

Hannah: Now that the NHL lockout is over, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the San Jose Sharks do well this season. Due to the lockout, the regular season has been shortened, which could potentially be beneficial for the Sharks.

Although they recently lost to the Nashville Predators 2-1 in a shootout, the Predators are used to shootouts and have played five so far this season.

Currently the Sharks’ record is 7-0-1, and they hold onto first place in the Pacific Division. While the Sharks normally fade off towards the end of a long season, or as some say “choke,” I am extremely confident that the Sharks will make a comeback and go to the playoffs.

Although the Sharks lost before making it to the Stanley Cup Finals, they definitely have a better chance of making it because they will have a stronger overall season. With a shorter season, there will be less time for errors, which will definitely help the Sharks stay focused and do well.

 

How do you feel about the Manti Te’o hoax?

Hanngia Frielskey: To be completely honest, we really don’t care. For the past month we’ve heard every opinion about it and couldn’t wait for it to blow over. We’re beyond thankful that the story has come to an end with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo coming forward and admitting the hoax was all his fault.  It still seems like something is missing from this story, but we’re over it and ready to move on.