Sloane Stephens and Caroline Wozniacki advance at Volvo Car Open as seeds tumble

Sloane Stephens fist pump

Sloane Stephens dug deep to prolong her involvement in the Volvo Car Open on a day when two of her fellow top seeds suffered shock defeats.

Top seed Stephens lost the first set to Ajla Tomljanovic, but showed her mettle to battle to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win.

Her immediate response seemed to be relief, though.

“For the first time in a long time I really was like, I gotta beat this girl,” Stephens said after the match.
“Like, I wanted to be out there, and I was really fighting, and I didn’t care what it took.

“But you guys obviously see me play a lot, and I was like running to the baseline on the changeovers when I was down 3-0.

“I was like, okay, I gotta figure out a way, and I definitely think my attitude is what won me the match today.”

“I was tired of losing! It sucks!”

It may well prove to be a valuable win too, with both the second and third seeds crashing out.

Second seed Kiki Bertens was downed by Maria Sakkari 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, while third seed Aryna Sabalenka lost to Monica Puig.

Caroline Wozniacki is still involved, though, after she beat Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

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