Stephens outlasts Putintseva in Cincinnati nightcap
CINCINNATI, OH, USA — No.eight seed Sloane Stephens of america pulled off a comeback win within the second spherical of the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday evening, recovering from a one-set deficit to outlast Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Putintseva got here into the match having received the final three of her 4 conferences with Stephens, together with a second-round victory at Sydney in January, nevertheless it was Stephens who claimed victory on this event after two hours and 7 minutes of play. The American ended a three-match dropping streak, courting again to the third spherical of Wimbledon, within the course of.
Stephens completed the match with 40 winners and 50 unforced errors, as she was the aggressor within the match towards World No.42 Putintseva, who had 9 winners and 18 unforced errors in complete.
World No.10 Stephens ended up with yet one more service break in every of the ultimate two units to notch the win and enter the Cincinnati spherical of 16 in every of the final seven instances she has contested the occasion (2012-2015, 2017-present).
Stephens, a Cincinnati semifinalist in 2017, will now tackle wildcard Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia within the spherical of 16. Two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova got here again from two match factors down to beat Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine earlier on Wednesday, 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-2.