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Coach Shane Flanagan believes Cronullas long wait to play finals football has been behind their recent slump in form. Cheap Air Max 270 For Sale .After hitting a mid-season purple patch, setting a club-record 15 game winning streak and confirming a finals berth, the Sharks have won just one of their last six NRL matches.Cronulla face Canberra at GIO Stadium in Saturday nights qualifying final when Flanagan believes the last two months will count for nought.We knew there was a semi-finals series coming up and it was probably a bit of a wait for us, Flanagan said at Sharks Leagues Club on Friday.We were hanging around waiting for it and we had to get through a few competition games before it.Some of the boys, especially the older boys, had it in the back of their mind they didnt want to get injured in a competition game, they want to play semi-finals.It is hard not to think about it when you are in those games but we are there now.In contrast Canberra have claimed 10 wins in a row as they stormed to second spot on the ladder after 26 competition rounds.Regardless Flanagan is confident last weeks loss in the minor premiership showdown with Melbourne has the Sharks battle-ready for the finals.I thought it was outstanding for us to go down there and play like that against a side that has its act together, he said.We just need to capitalise on our opportunities which we didnt do last week. 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An injury hampered her preparation, and she served miserably in the match.That was the story in the fourth round of the 2012 Australian Open, when a young Russian lefty named Ekaterina Makarova stunned Williams in straight sets. The victory fueled Makarovas surge up the rankings, and by the 2014 U.S. Open, she was in the top 20 and facing the American in the semifinals.That day is a much more pleasant memory for Williams -- a 6-1, 6-3 win that was part of a dominant run to the title. Its the kind of form shes hoping to regain as she begins her bid for a record 23rd major title.But Williams has played just three singles matches since Wimbledon, hindered by a right shoulder injury. In her last outing, a third-round loss to Elina Svitolina in the Olympics, her serve deserted her much as it did against Makarova in Melbourne 4 1/2 years ago.Usually I prefer to play more coming into the final Grand Slam of the year, but there is nothing we can do about it, Williams said Friday. You just have to make the best of every single opportunity. Thats all I can do now.And she wont get a chance to ease into the U.S. Open -- the luck of the draw was not kind to the top-ranked Williams. Makarova just missed out on a seed and is No. 29 this week.Theyll open the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday.Other matches to watch on Day 2 of the U.S. Open:NOBODY LIKES LUKAS: In the nightcap on Ashe, second-seeded Andy Murray faces Lukas Rosol. The last time they met, Murray wound up grumbling across the court to his opponent: No one likes you on the tour -- everyone hates you.It all started when Rosol appeared to intentionally bump Murray during a changeover in that quarterrfinal match at Munich in 2015. Air Max 270 Australia Sale. 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But since the start of Wimbledon, hes defeated three of the U.S. Opens top four seeds. Tuesday will give the first indication of how physically and emotionally drained he still is from his stunning run to a silver medal at the Olympics.FLIPPING OUT: Venus Williams hasnt played a singles match since an early exit in Rio, either -- though she did wind up winning silver in mixed doubles. The sixth-seeded American opens her tournament against 93rd-ranked Kateryna Kozlova on Tuesday.The player who beat Williams in the first round at the Olympics, Kirsten Flipkens, gets another chance to upset a top-10 opponent when she meets fifth-seeded Simona Halep. ' ' '