Monday, September 7, 2020

Serena Williams edges past Sloane Stephens

Serena Williams survived a slow start to edge past 2017 champion, Sloane Stephens, 2/6, 6/2, 6/2 to conclude a first week of drama in the controlled environment of Flushing Meadows.

Stephens dominated the first set as Williams struggled to find her rhythm and committed many errors to end 2-6 in 25 minutes. The second set saw the resurgence of Williams’ powerful serves as she turned the tide to win 6/2.

Stephens dictated most of the rallies by her fluid groundstrokes throughout the match that lasted one hour and 44 minutes. It was their eighth career meeting after Williams won the first at the 2013 Brisbane International. Stephens defeated Serena later that year at the Australian Open for her only victory in career match-ups.

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