[CR1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [CR38] Sloane Stephens (USA)
Stephens defeated Williams once, at a critical time in Serena’s career. This defeat may have appeared as an upset but Serena was struggling with back issues. Yet, it happened at a major, the Australian Open and everyone took note. Since then, great things have been expected of Stephens. Was the tennis world too quick to burden Stephens with expectations? Perhaps! She has not lived up to the “hype” and has been struggling to find the form that got her noticed. Despite her talent, Stephens still has not won her first WTA singles title. Why is Stephens struggling so much to consistently play at the level she once did?
Whenever these two play each other, everyone pays attention. Their recent encounter went to three sets and everyone was expecting this encounter would also go the distance, for it appeared that Stephens was slowly regaining her form. Unfortunately, Stephens did not put up much resistance. The obstacles that Williams had to overcome today were the wind and unexpectedly, the malfunctioning of her wardrobe. Stephens has got to be concerned and her lack of effort in the second set continues to be baffling at this stage in her career. Williams was never really threatened and won 6-4, 6-0. Will Williams win another title at this event?