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Stephens, Keys have apply plans wrecked by US Open match

Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys are shut mates who final week had been alleged to be apply companions.

As soon as the U.S. Open draw was unveiled, these plans had been scrapped.

The People had been drawn to face one another within the first spherical, a rematch of Stephens’ victory within the 2017 closing.


“I used to be like, ‘Oh, my God,’” Stephens mentioned. “So, it’s fairly annoying. However, once more, clearly Maddie is like my finest buddy on tour, so it’s unlucky.”

Stephens got here out on the profitable aspect once more, beating Keys 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7) within the opening match of the event in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Keys mentioned she had a sense she and Stephens could be paired within the first spherical. She performed significantly better than of their closing, when Stephens routed her 6-3, 6-0.

This time, neither participant was even seeded for his or her match that took 2 hours, 10 minutes.

“It looks like it was 100 years in the past, not simply 4,” Keys mentioned. “Yeah, the world is clearly a very completely different place now so far as common life goes. However then additionally with tennis, rather a lot has modified.

“I feel Sloane and I’ve had some large ups since then and we’ve got additionally had some downs, however I feel at this time’s match confirmed we nonetheless each actually have a excessive degree of tennis left.”



Carla Suárez Navarro could not get too upset a couple of first-round loss within the U.S. Open. Not when this time final 12 months, she did not know if she’d even have the prospect to play once more.

Suárez Navarro, who returned to the tour earlier this 12 months after therapy for Hodgkin lymphoma, was crushed by No. 26 seed Danielle Collins 6-2, 6-4.

The Spaniard mentioned afterward it was her final singles match and that she was leaving fortunately.

“I misplaced, however this 12 months for me was a present, you realize,” she mentioned. “Final 12 months on these dates, I don’t know if I might be right here yet another time or not, and I’m right here.”

She revealed her prognosis final September and mentioned she would endure six months of chemotherapy. She returned from her therapy in time for the French Open, the place she misplaced within the first spherical.

She misplaced once more within the first spherical at Wimbledon earlier than profitable a spherical on the Olympics.

As soon as ranked as excessive as No. 6, Suárez Navarro mentioned she would take into account enjoying if requested to compete for Spain within the Billie Jean King Cup finals in November.

“I’m proud of the individual and the participant I’ve been throughout all these years,” she mentioned.


Dan Evans had a headache throughout his match Monday, one thing he could not recall having earlier than.

The No. 24 seed hopes it was simply the warmth and his conditioning, not any lingering results of the coronavirus.

No matter it was, Evans fought by means of it to beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-1.

The British participant reached the third spherical of Wimbledon however then examined constructive for COVID-19 and needed to miss the Olympics. He did not return to the tour till Washington earlier this month and had just one victory since.

“It’s identical to an harm,” Evans mentioned. “It grinds you to a halt.”

He mentioned he did not have any shortness of breath Monday and felt fairly good on the finish of his match, so was optimistic his issues weren’t associated to his sickness.

“I’m hoping clearly for me it’s not the lasting results and I’m simply not very match in the intervening time,” Evans mentioned.


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