Miami Open: Sloane Stephens is actually Routed; Novak Djokovic as well as Simona Halep Hold On

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The defending champion Sloane Stephens was sent packing coming from the Miami Open on Sunday in a 6-3 6-2 loss to Tatjana Maria inside third round.

Stephens, the 2017 United States Open champion as well as world No. 6, had no answer to Maria’s slices, chips as well as lobs as well as took a second consecutive early exit. She lost her first match at Indian Wells to the Swiss qualifier Stefanie Vogele.

The 31-year-old Maria, ranked 62nd inside earth, celebrated prematurely on her third match point that has a lob shot that will was called out, however she won on the next one when Stephens sent a backhand long.

“I could not be happier right currently,” said Maria, a German based in Florida. “I think I played at home, because I live here. the item was helping me a lot. My game is actually pretty special, so I knew that will tonight I had a chance. I played two times against Sloane, so I knew what to expect.”

Simona Halep as well as Novak Djokovic also lost sets, however they held on to advance.

Halep, the second seed, fought back coming from a set down to defeat Polona Hercog, ranked 93rd, 5-7, 7-6 (1), 6-2.

“the item was not easy at all,” said Halep, who because of a loss by Naomi Osaka on Saturday could replace her as the earth No. 1 if she reaches the final. “I think the level was very, very high. She played unbelievable.”

Halep took control of the match by winning a few consecutive points inside second-set tiebreaker. Hercog, who made the draw as a lucky loser, pulled to 3-2 inside third set, however Halep did not lose another game.

“I think inside end she got tired a little bit, then I was stepping a little bit forward to be more aggressive,” Halep said.

Halep will face the three-time champion Venus Williams inside fourth round. Williams won, 6-3, 6-1, against the 14th seed, Daria Kasatkina, who failed to hold serve once.

“I didn’t realize that will until after the match looking at the stats,” Williams said. “I’ve never had a match before like that will in my life.”

Djokovic needed three sets as well as two hours to survive that has a 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 victory against Federico Delbonis at Hard Rock Stadium.

The top-seeded Djokovic was rolling that has a 3-1 lead inside second set, however he dropped serve twice in a row as well as lost his temper.

“To be honest, I lost my focus,” Djokovic said. “I should have done better mentally than I did inside first set as well as also the end of second set. I managed to genuinely play well the last couple games of the first set, to go up a break as well as put myself in front, however then I played a couple of genuinely bad service games.”

Djokovic came back strong. He broke Delbonis to take a 3-1 lead inside third set, then again before prevailing on his first match point.

The result continued Djokovic’s domination of players coming from Argentina. According to the ATP Tour, since 2007 only Juan Martín del Potro has beaten Djokovic, who is actually 36-3 against Argentines during that will period.

Next up for Djokovic will be the 22nd seed, Roberto Bautista Agut, who won, 6-4, 6-4, against 15th-seeded Fabio Fognini.