Sloane Stephens wasn't about to let the tennis match get in the way of her plans for the evening.
Stephens took only 62 minutes to brush aside fellow American Jamie Hampton 6-3, 6-3 in the opening round at Wimbledon on Monday, then renewed one of her favorite traditions - a trip to a nearby Indian restaurant for dinner.
''We need to speed this up,'' Stephens said in her post-match interview. ''Normally I get the chicken tikka masala, but the last two nights I've got the chicken korma.''
Stephens was a bright spot on an otherwise disappointing day for the American women. Seven of them lost their first-round matches. The only two to advance - Stephens and Christina McHale - were pitted against other Americans, meaning someone from the U.S. had to advance.
The two American men in action on Monday fared better. No. 18 seed John Isner and unseeded Rajeev Ram each won.
In the win over Hampton, Stephens got 73 percent of her first serves in and was effective with her powerful groundst...