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Sloane Stephens Criticises Puig’s ‘Inappropriate’ Comments After US Open Loss

The former world No.3 has insisted that there are ‘two sides to every story’ following criticism of her coach.



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Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens has responded to allegations that her coach dumped another player in order to work with her.


Olympic champion Monica Puig blasted former mentor Kamau Murray shortly after her first round exit from Flushing Meadows earlier in the week. Saying that she was unaware that he was working with another player until she was told by other people. Branding the move as a ‘slap in the face.’ Murray had previously worked with Stephens before Puig.

“I was informed by people close to me that my coach would not be able to come here with me when he was actually secretly working with another player, and that kind of affected my mentality and preparation.” She said following her loss.

Responding to the comments, world No.10 Stephens has taken a swipe at her fellow player by saying ‘grownups do grownup things’ and that there were two sides to every story. The American refused to be drawn into the argument as she made calls for the incident to not be made a big deal. However, she later said Puig was ‘a little inappropriate’ for speaking about Murray to the press.

“I think there’s two sides to every story. I don’t think that you should tell anything but the truth,” Stephens said.
“I’ve seen some of the things that were said. I think that grownups do grownup things. We should leave it in the past and we should move on.”
“It doesn’t have anything to do with me, so… Her side is her side,” she added.
“But I don’t think we should make it a big situation. I’m sure she’s fully aware of what happened.
“If she has a problem, then she should approach me. It’s not like I don’t see her all the time. Yeah, to go to you guys (media) and say everything that has been said I think is a little inappropriate. But it is what it is. We move on.”

Like the Puerto Rican, Stephens also experienced a short campaign at this year’s US Open. The 2017 champion suffered a shock 6-3, 6-4, loss to Russian qualifier Anna Kalinskaya. Making it the first time she has lost in the first round of the tournament since 2015. During the match Stephens leaked 33 unforced errors (more than twice that of her opponent) and only won 45% of her second service points.

“I think she just played a good match, difficult conditions. I didn’t play my best. Sometimes it happens.” The 26-year-old commented about her performance.
“I felt good. Obviously it’s going to take more than five days or whatever to get it back. I’m just going to try my best to keep going. Obviously not the result I wanted here.” She added.

Stephens is the only top 10 player to lose her opening match in the women’s draw this year at the US Open.

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Injured Bianca Andreescu retires From Semi-Final match In Hua Hin

The Canadian was looking to book a spot in her first WTA final of the year but was forced to retire after injuring her right shoulder.




Lesia Tsurenko booked her spot in the final of the Thailand Open in Hua Hin after Bianca Andreescu was forced to retire whilst down 7-6, 4-0.


The first set was extremely tight with the first four games being breaks of serve. Andreescu got the crucial break to lead 5-3 and served for the first set but the Ukrainian fought back to level the set at 5-5. Then Tsurenko was the one to break serve but she was able to close out the first set.

After the opener, the semi-final clash went completely one-sided with Tsurenko taking over by winning four games off the trot before Andreescu decided to call it quits. The Canadian had a medical timeout during a second set changeover.

Tsurenko gave full credit to her opponent and despite the retirement says it was a very difficult match.

“Bianca is such an amazing player she said. She is capable of hitting all kinds of shots and gave so much trouble today”. She said.

Tsurenko is looking to win her fifth WTA title and will be playing in her first final since 2019 in Hua Hin. She faces the China’s Lin Zhu who earlier in the day beat the number seven seed Xinyu Wang 6-2, 6-4, in one hour and 38 minutes to book her spot in the final.

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The US team secure their spot in the Davis Cup Group Stage with a 4-0 win over Uzbekistan



Rajeev Ram and Austin Krajicek beat Uzbekistan’s Sayniar Fayziev and Sergey Fomin 6-2 6-4 after just 52 minutes in the doubles match of the best-of five qualifier to secure the US team a spot in the 2023 Davis Cup Group Stage. 


Ram and Krajicek broke twice in the third and seventh games to win the first set 6-2. The US team earned an immediate break in the first game and held their service games to win the second set 6-4. Ram praised the Uzbek team after the match. 

“Rankings-wise the Uzbek opponents are the underdogs. They are not the favourites in this match, but even in the singles they tried their best and they really fought until the end and that’s a pretty good quality to have. It helps you win matches you are not supposed to win”, said Ram. 

Denis Kudla beat Amir Milushev 6-4 6-4 to complete the 4-0 sweep.

The US team did not drop a set in four matches this weekend. 

The previous day Davis Cup rookie Mackenzie McDonald secured the first point for the US team with a 6-4 6-1 win over Fomin before Australian Open semifinalist Tommy Paul came back from 0-4 down in the second set to beat Khumoyun Sultanov 6-1 7-6 (8-6).

“I was excited to see Raj and Austin play today.They have practiced well all week. They had five great days of preparation and as anticipated they came out really sharp and got the early break in the first set. After that it was like two freight trains, there was no stopping them”, said US team captain David Nainkin.

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Cameron Norrie draws Great Britain level to 1-1 against Colombia



Colombia and Great Britain have drawn level to 1-1 after the first two singles matches on the opening day of the Davis Cup Qualifier at altitude on clay in Bogotà. 


Colombia’s Nicholas Mejia clinched the first top 100 win of his career with a 6-2 2-6 6-4 victory against Daniel Evans after 2 hours and 31 minutes. 

Mejia fended off three break points in the first game of the third set. The 22-year-old Colombian player was not able to convert on two break points as Evans held serve in a marathon game to level to 4-4. 

Mejia sealed the win over Evans with his third break in the final game thanks to a backhand passing shot.

“The key to victory ? The attitude, the dedication, not getting nervous more than necessary. I have also learned a lot from previous defeats. I wanted to go out and win. I was not going to give them anything. I am very happy for the point that I was able to give to Colombia. There is a long way to go to think about victory”, said Mejia in the post-match interview. 

Cameron Norrie overcame Nicolas Barrientos 6-2 7-5 in the second singles rubber to level the tie at 1-1. 

Norrie earned an early break at the start of the first set. The British player closed out the first set 6-2 with a double break in the seventh game. 

Norrie started the second set with an immediate break in the first game. Barrientos broke straight back with his first break of the match in the second game to draw level to 1-1. The Colombian player earned five break points on return at 1-2, but Norrie held serve at deuce in a hard-fought fourth game. 

Barrientos earned another break point at 2-3, but Norrie saved it to hold serve. Norrie earned the crucial break in the 11th game to close out the second set 7-5 after a missed volley from Barrientos. 

“Especially given that we are the away team, they have got a huge advantage with us coming here on clay, at altitude, with the fans out there. That’s why we love it and that’s why we are out here playing. I really enjoyed the match today and I can improve on a lot of things going into tomorrow. I was able to put enough balls in the court to get over the line”, said Norrie. 

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