Sloane Stephens pulls out late from Monterrey

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Sloane Stephens pulls out late from Monterrey

Former world No. 3 Sloane Stephens has withdrawn from Monterrey. Stephens, who is now ranked at No. 38 in the world, was expected to make her third appearance in Monterrey this year. Unfortunately, Stephens pulled out of the event just hours before her first round match at the tournament.

Stephens was scheduled to meet Egypt's Mayar Sherif in the Monterrey first round. Stephens will be replaced by lucky loser Seone Mendez. Stephens made the Monterrey round-of-16 in 2020, while she picked up a first round exit at the tournament last year.

“I am sorry to be missing the tournament this year. Sending everyone my best, and I look forward to returning next year," Stephens announced, per WTA Insider.

Stephens had a long week in Guadalajara

Stephens enjoyed a greek campaign in Guadalajara last week as she beat Marie Bouzkova 7-5 1-6 6-2 in the final to win her first title since 2018.

"It’s the beginning of the season, so there’s still a lot of tennis to be played, but I’m excited to be able to put some matches together," Stephens said after winning Guadalajara. "Excited that I was able to do that, get a title, and hopefully continue on with that momentum.

"I think I prepared all last year, I committed to training and my fitness and everything. Obviously I didn’t get results right away, but now seeing the fruits of that labor blossom is nice. "I still want to get back to where I was, that’s still really important to me.

I think it’s possible, it’s doable, so I’m really excited about that." Stephens has appeared in just two matches this season as in Australia she only competed at the Australian Open. At Melbourne Park, Stephens suffered a first round defeat to Emma Raducanu. Stephens will now switch her focus on the upcoming Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami.