Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 10/19/14

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Richard Gasquet of France in action against Marco Chudinelli of Switzerland during Day Five of the Davidoff Swiss Indoors Tennis at St Jakobshalle on November 6, 2009 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
By Maud Watson Wake-Up Call It seems like only yesterday Sloane Stephens was being anointed the next “big thing” in American tennis. After an impressive run in Melbourne, she looked ready to compete with the big girls. In the three months since that run, however, she’s gone a dismal 2-5. Some of those losses have been tight – matches where she put herself in a position to win only to fall short. But more recently, she’s gone through patches where she has struggled to win games. Her latest loss in Charleston, where she won only two games against Mattek-Sands, is a prime example. It was a match that left her on the verge of tears, which frankly, was good to see. She needed an attitude adjustment after her loss in Miami where she insinuated she could ride the coattails of her Aussie Open success and brush off frequent first-round losses. Her attempt to try and keep things in perspective was admirable, but it was a faulty line of thinking. Based on her reaction in Charleston though, it ...
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