The most wonderful time of the year!
Brie returns to Southern California, home of perfect weather and pretty people.
We skip Cincinnati - Tier III because it's still a lowly event in this game. And whatever summer Euro Tier IVA's.
And we still haven't found anyone to replace Mary Joe FERNANDEZ (USA) on Coach Leelee's team. The best option was Helena SUKOVA (CZE), but her goals are based on doubles...COACH LEELEE: No more doubles. In any way, shape, or form. We're waiting for someone awesome like Stefanie GRAF (GER) or Gabriela SABATINI (HOT). Oooh, Gabbbbyyyy...
Follow the rules of this thread, floozie.STANFORD, CA - TIER II
This is on boring ol' cement instead of blue-green, for some reason.R32 - Aurora GIMA (USA)
We played her before. She's not good.6-2 6-4. Win.
R16 -  Conchita MARTINEZ (ESP)
We'd normally have KING KOLYA instruct Brie's opponent on how to lose, but we don't can't lose more players. Besides, Conchi is already angry that she can't play on her beloved clay this time of year. So, she's not playing with her usual loopy patience here...6-1 6-4. Win.
QF -  Mary Joe FERNANDEZ (USA)MARY JOE: Hehe. Brie again. Now you see how it feels to keep losing.
Mary Joe is an excellent volleyer, average from the ground, and Coach Leelee tripled her strength when she worked with her. Her previously skinny frame is no more. 3-6 6-7(4). WAH BUTTHURT.SAN DIEGO, CA - TIER IR64 - Shaun STAFFORD (USA)
Shaun is a lanky, average volleyer. Net skills in around 80, rest is meh. Brie should control things from the baseline.7-6(0) 7-6(2). Brie is clutch.
R32 -  Arantxa SANCHEZ VICARIO (ESP)
Blargh. Why is she seeded so low. Arantxa has weak strokes, but her consistency and precision are all near 100. Even her volleys are in the 90s. But, her top spin is also at 100... maybe we can overpower her with Brie's stroke power at 80%.4-3. ret. - Ankle Sprain. BULLSHIT.
Brie just went up a break and was screwed. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGG.LOS ANGELES, CA - TIER II
This is a rare 56 draw Tier II (the only other is Amelia Island, which Brie BANHAMMER'D). They're also lower points for winning, so these blow.R64 - KAMIO Yone (JPN)
We played her in Australia, and won. A middling varied player.6-4 6-4. Win.
R32 - [Q] Veronika MARTINEK (GER)
This was a gift. Martinek is ranked 130 and is a lousy defender.6-1 6-0. Win.
R16 -  Helena SUKOVA (CZE)
And, now we're screwed. Helena is a strong puncher with groundie skills over 80, net skills in the 70s, and serve power over 60 (the only player I've seen with that). Coach Leelee also decided not to add her to our team, so we'll pay for it.6-3 5-7 6-7(5). So close, yet so far.
The rest of American hardcourts (Toronto, New Haven, and US Open) next time.