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