2012 US OPEN SERIES: Sloane Stephens Survives Tough Match And Secures Place In Citi Open Quaterfinals
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
|American Sloane Stephens into Citi Open quarterfinals|
WASHINGTON DC, USA - Although all three seeds in action on Tuesday at the Citi Open advanced, none of them did so in more bizarre fashion than third-seeded American Sloane Stephens.
Stephens recorded a 6-2, 0-6, 6-1 second round victory over fellow 19-year-old Michelle Larcher de Brito. Despite going three sets, the match took just 1 hour, 20 minutes - with both players winning 65 points. Nevertheless, in booking a quarterfinal Berth, Stephens has her best result since a semifinal showing at Strasbourg in May.
"Just a matter of a couple of loose points and some weird calls and some things that happened," Stephens said. "I was a little more consistent in the end, and I think that's the thing that carried me through."
"I think I've done really well the past couple of days regrouping and getting back to my game plan and staying focused," Stephens said of dropping a lopsided second set for the second straight day. "I'm happy with that. It's crazy, but you just have to work through it."