Mar.13 - SportLand: Looking forward to a consolation double-cheeseburger after her exit from the BNP Paribas Open in the third round on Monday, Sloane Stephens could take some solace in one other thing.
In defeating Stephens, the US Open champion and No. 13 seed, 6-4, 6-3, No. 20 Daria Kasatkina has now achieved the Grand Slam of upsets — beating the reigning title-holders of all four majors in the last seven months.
Kasatkina defeated French Open champ Jelena Ostapenko at the US Open, Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki in St. Petersburg, and Wimbledon titlist Garbiñe Muguruza in Dubai. Her victory over Stephens also avenged defeat from match point up in their only previous meeting, a three-setter won by Stephens in Charleston in 2016.
“Obviously, not my best tennis today, but fortunately we get to play every single week,” Stephens said. “So, yeah, I’m not going to be too down about it. There’s always next week and the week after…That’s all I can take away from it.”
Kasatkina next plays Wozniacki, who defeated 49th-ranked Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
“I didn’t really feel comfortable out there today, said Wozniacki. “I didn’t really get my game going the way I wanted to…It just wasn’t my day. I was just really trying hard, and I was making a lot of unforced errors, as well. I didn’t really feel the ball off the racquet.”
The No. 2 seed came in on a high, however, having won her first Grand Slam with the 2018 Australian Open title to temporarily reclaim the No. 1 ranking for the first time in six years.