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Sport First grand slam title was 'overwhelming', says Stephens

08:40  13 january  2018
08:40  13 january  2018 Source:   reuters.com

U.S. Open champion Stephens bundled out in Sydney

  U.S. Open champion Stephens bundled out in Sydney U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens' preparations for the Australian Open hit a speed bump on Monday when she was bundled out of the Sydney International first round by Italy's Camila Giorgi.Stephens, who has not played since the Fed Cup final in November, looked rusty against the big-hitting Giorgi and made 35 unforced errors as she lost 6-3 6-0 to the 26-year-old in just over an hour.

Without a victory since her stunning U.S. Open triumph last September, American Sloane Stephens admitted on Saturday that the experience of becoming a grand slam winner had been " overwhelming ".

Having won a grand slam once, though, why not again? " I would like to win another grand slam ," she said . Seeded 13th, Stephens will begin her Australian Open campaign with a first round encounter against China's Zhang Shuai.

Without a victory since her stunning U.S. Open triumph last September, American Sloane Stephens admitted on Saturday that the experience of becoming a grand slam winner had been "overwhelming".

person holding a tennis racket: Tennis - Women's Singles First Round© REUTERS/Toby Melville Tennis - Women's Singles First Round

"I think it's always a tough transition when you go from not playing tennis for 11 months to winning a grand slam," Stephens told a news conference at the Australian Open, which begins on Monday.

"It's never going to be anything you expected. In terms of that, it's a little bit overwhelming."

The 24-year-old has lost all six of her matches following her win at Flushing Meadows, struggling to cope with the expectations and extra demands on her time.

Comment: Even without Williams, Aussie Open women's field still tough

  Comment: Even without Williams, Aussie Open women's field still tough With no Serena Williams in the draw at the Australian Open, there's certainly an opportunity for another women's player to go on a surprising run and emerge as a first-time Grand Slam champion, as Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko did last year. Just don't describe the first Grand Slam of the year as ''more open'' than usual.''Whenever I get asked that question, it always comes across in really kind of an almost negative way instead of acknowledging how many great players we have,'' Johanna Konta, who reached the semifinals of Wimbledon last year, said in her pre-tournament news conference Saturday.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Without a victory since her stunning U.S. Open triumph last September, American Sloane Stephens admitted on Saturday that the experience of becoming a grand slam winner had been “ overwhelming ”.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Without a victory since her stunning U.S. Open triumph last September, American Sloane Stephens admitted on Saturday that the experience of becoming a grand slam winner had been " overwhelming ".

"I think it's hard," she said. "I thought winning the U.S. Open was, like, the hardest two weeks of my life. I'm, like, exhausted.

"But after the U.S. Open, after the match, I did three-and-a-half hours of press... and I was like, 'this sucks, what have you done'?

"I think things like that have changed. There's obviously more demand. These things are mandatory now. With that, it's been a bit challenging. But I only do the things that are mandatory, so it's easy."

Muguruza awarded wildcard at Sydney International

  Muguruza awarded wildcard at Sydney International Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza has accepted a wildcard into next week's Sydney International, the tournament organisers said on Thursday. World number two Muguruza hopes to step up her preparations for the Australian Open after she was forced to retire with leg cramps during her opening match at the Brisbane International on Tuesday."I've only played in Sydney once before and I really enjoyed the conditions there, and the beautiful city," the 24-year-old Spaniard said in a statement.

Having won a grand slam once, though, why not again? " I would like to win another grand slam ," she said . Seeded 13th, Stephens will begin her Australian Open campaign with a first round encounter against China's Zhang Shuai.

Having won a grand slam once, though, why not again? " I would like to win another grand slam ," she said . Seeded 13th, Stephens will begin her Australian Open campaign with a first round encounter against China's Zhang Shuai.

Despite her poor form, Stephens goes into the Australian Open with a chance to back up her U.S. Open victory. Her disappointing results, she said, were not a huge concern.

"I think you have to kind of put everything in perspective, evaluate where you are," she said.

"I think personally I had a lot of things going on. I'm not going to look back on it. It's a new year, new season. I'm hoping not to get injured. There's tons of things to look forward to. I'm not going to dwell too much on that." Stephens' victory in New York came completely out of the blue, having only returned from a long-term foot injury which required surgery.

Having won a grand slam once, though, why not again? "I would like to win another grand slam," she said. "It was tough. Obviously, it's doable because I did it. I'd definitely like to do it again."

Seeded 13th, Stephens will begin her Australian Open campaign with a first round encounter against China's Zhang Shuai.

US Open runner-up Anderson upset by Edmund .
In a four-hour battle, Kyle Edmund overcame US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson at Melbourne Park.The South African 11th seed reached his maiden grand slam decider at the US Open last year, but he made an early exit in Melbourne on Monday.

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