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Sloane Stephens Ousted By Ana Ivanovic

By Dave Martin
Epoch Times Staff
Created: September 2, 2012 Last Updated: January 25, 2013
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Sloane Stephens lost to Ana Ivanovic for the second straight year at the US Open. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Sloane Stephens lost to Ana Ivanovic for the second straight year at the US Open. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Flushing, NY—Nineteen-year-old American Sloane Stephens was ousted by Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 Saturday at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the third round of the U.S. Open.

The talented but unseasoned Stephens, currently ranked 44th in the world, played a dismal third set that included six double-faults in four service games. If those four service games she was broken three times.

The third round loss to Ivanovic at Flushing was a repeat of last year’s script when Stephens was making her U.S. Open debut. Ivanovic won that match in straight sets before losing the next round.

“I definitely expected a tough match this time around,” said Ivanovic. “She’s improved a lot since last year. Her serve is a lot faster.”

The former number-one ranked Ivanovic will face Tsvetana Pironkova of Belgium in the fourth round.

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