Tennis - The struggles continue for 19 year old American Sloane Stephens. With heightened expectations and scrutiny following her run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open, Stephens has failed to deliver under the spotlight.
In second round action at the BNP Pariabs Open in Indian Wells on Saturday, the 19 year old American was beaten by Poland's Urszula Radwanska. Stephens lost 3-6, 4-6 in her first match on home soil since that stunning run that also included a win over world no.
1 Serena Williams. Urszula, the younger sister of world no. 4 Agnieszka, served for the match at 5-2 in the second set. Stpehens fought back briefly but was unable to hold off the Pole who went on to win 63 64. Stephens also lost early in Doha and Dubai and complained that she was struggling to deal with the spotlight.
In another second round match, 16th seeded Lucie Safarova was beaten in three sets by Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova, 62 46 62. In other matches on Saturday, eighth seed and former world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki needed two and a half hours to beat Frenchwoman Alizé Cornet, 64 36 63, and 29th seed Elena Vesnina defeated Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm, 36 75 61.