Tennis: Sloane Stephens stumbles in the WTA and ATP Washington opener
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) - Sloane Stephens, coming off a quarter-final run at Wimbledon, crashed out Monday in the first round of the WTA and ATP Washington Open.
The 20-year-old American, ranked 15th in the world and seeded second on the women's side of the US$1.76 million (S$2.22 million) hardcourt event, was ousted 7-5, 6-3 by Russia's Olga Puchkova.
"There were some (shots) I really couldn't believe went that far out," Stephens said. "The ball was flying everywhere.
"I just couldn't find it. When you don't practice well it shows. I had a couple rough days, and it showed." Stephens is already trying to tamp down US Open expectations after beating current world number one Serena Williams on her way to the Australian Open semi-finals, where she lost to then-number one Victoria Azarenka.