Sushi and a slushie steer Stephens into US Open third round

Heather Diaz
September 2, 2018

In the second set Stephens look forward to seize the initiative, but Kalinina, even when the score was 1:4, off from the fight.

In setting up a likely third-round clash with Spanish superstar Garbine Muguruza, Barty had as much trouble dealing with a malfunction with the on-court PA system as she did with her classy but erratic Czech opponent.

The Belarusian broke four times in the opener and despite losing serve at love in game four she closed it in under 40 minutes, hoping for more of the same in set number two.

Stephens set up a third-round meeting with Victoria Azarenka, the former world No.1 who has twice been a US Open runner-up.

"I wasn't playing my best but I knew I had to find a way to make some plays", Stephens said after the match.

The pair could barely hear the tournament referee trying to explain the seemingly unexplainable during the holdup. Sloan's serve to take, winning the set and the whole match.

The penalty drew criticism on social media, with people - including Andy Murray's mother, Judy - noting that men frequently change their shirts while sitting in their chairs during changeovers.

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Daria Gavrilova is lamenting a grand slam season of lost opportunity after bombing out in the US Open second round.

Kubler crumpled to the court in despair after his right foot got stuck on the sticky cement surface while he was reaching for a forehand on another baking hot day at Flushing Meadows.

After several minutes of treatment from the tour physio, Kubler received generous applause from the crowd as he hobbled to his changeover chair to have the ankle taped.

Maria was broken at the start of the second set and we saw seven good holds after that, with the German serving to stay in the match at 3-5.

But whilst Stephens arrives at the US Open as the third seed, having also reached the French Open final earlier this year, Azarenka has endured a hard few years, largely due to a protracted custody battle.

"It sucks not making the second week", said the former world junior champion.

Instead, he must settle for a projected rankings rise to a career-best No.90 in the world after languishing at 945th this time past year.

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