Sloane Stephens in action at the Sony Open
MIAMI, FL (March 21, 2013) – A day after celebrating her 20th birthday, American Sloane Stephens fought back from what could have been a devastating first set bagel, to eventually defeat world No. 64 Olga Govortsova in the second round of the Sony Open, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Despite getting broken three times in the first set, Stephens admitted that she didn’t play terribly in the first set. She believed a combination of her opponent’s elevated play and her own depressed energy level added to the tension.
“I wasn’t playing that great. I mean, it’s not that I wasn’t playing great — I was asleep out there. I definitely just needed to wake up and start playing,” Stephens said. “I thought I played some good points even in the first set when I was not there … Definitely she played she played actually really well. It wasn’t all just me, but she was playing some good tennis.”
After closing out the first set winning only 30% of her first serves, the moment