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Sloane Stephens upsets Julia Goerges at Mercury Insurance Open

August 3, 2011 | 12:46 pm


American teenager Sloane Stephens completed one of the first major upsets at the Mercury Insurance Open on Wednesday morning with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over seventh-seeded Julia Goerges. 
With the win, the 18-year-old Stephens won consecutive matches in the main draw of a WTA event for the first time in her career and got her first win against a top-20 player.
Goerges continues to struggle, having lost her first match at four of her last five tournaments. The German showed several signs of strain Wednesday, complaining about numerous calls and appearing frustrated by Stephens' effective defensive slices.
Stephens managed to break Goerges twice in the first set, and after the two players traded breaks in the second, Stephens broke to go up 6-5. Stephens won on double-match point when Goerges pulled a forehand wide. 


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-- Matt Stevens

Photo: Sloane Stephens on her way to victory Wednesday. Credit: Jeff Gross / Getty Images.