Sloane Stephens stumbles in Washington opener

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.

updated: July 30, 2013 09:31 IST
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Washington: 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 $1.76 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.

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