Sloane Stephens celebrates match point aganst Garbine Muguruza of Spain during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 26, 2018 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Sloane Stephens' loudest fan kept shouting advice and encouragement from the upper deck Monday, perhaps providing the nudge she needed to shake a post-U.S. Open slump.Stephens earned her biggest victory since winning last year's Open, beating No. 3-ranked Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 6-4 Monday to reach the quarterfinals at the Miami Open.During a post-match on-court interview, Stephens thanked the fan, who has attended her past two matches.Advancing was three-time champion Venus Williams, who came from behind for the second day in a row and beat defending champion Johanna Konta 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 .Stephens won with typically dogged defense and by attacking Muguruza's weak second serve.Stephens started the year by losing her opening match in consecutive tournaments, including the Australian Open.Stephens, who first came to Key Biscayne for juniors matches over a decade ago, said she is sad about the switch – and not just because of tennis memories.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE