2017 US Open champ Stephens out in 1st round
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 28, 2019 12:08 PM
Sloane Stephens, right, of the United States, shakes hands with Anna Kalinskaya, of Russia, after Kalinskaya defeated Stephens during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
NEW YORK (AP) — Sloane Stephens is out of the U.S. Open in the first round, just two years after she won the championship.
Stephens, an American seeded No. 11, was stunned 6-3, 6-4 by Anna Kalinskaya, a 20-year-old Russian who is ranked 127th and never before had won a main-draw match at any Grand Slam tournament.
Stephens recently reunited with Kamau Murray, who coached her to the 2017 title at Flushing Meadows.
Her biggest problem was that her shots wouldn't go where she wanted: Stephens finished with 33 unforced errors, more than twice as many as Kalinskaya's 15.
Kalinskaya had been 0-5 at majors, 0-4 against top-20 opponents and never had appeared in a night match at a Slam.