American tennis player Lauren Davis defeated her compatriot Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-2 after 1h29 minutes of play in the first round of the WTA 250 tournament in Hobart. In this way, the world No. 84 awaits Tamara Zidansek or Ysaline Bonaventure in the round of 16.
Lauren Davis He is far from his best version that saw him in the Top 30 in mid-2017. However, at the age of 29, he still enjoys tennis and is fighting among the top 100 in the world. Last season, his best results were the semi-finals Nottingham, Charleston and Bastad. In addition, he reached the quarterfinals in Adelaide 2, Budapest and Parma. This year, 2023, he aims to improve his position in the ranking. In his first tournament of the year, he was eliminated in the round of 16 in Auckland. He already batted in Hobart Rakhimova and Kozlova to pass the qualification.
Sloane Stephens He had his moment of glory in 2018 when he was ranked 3rd in the world and had a lot of exposure. Then some injuries slowed him down and he struggled to find that level again. In 2022, the American became the champion Guadalajara WTA 250. In addition, he was a quarter-finalist Roland Garros and inside Guadalajara WTA 1000. In his first tournament of the season, he said goodbye to Auckland.
Davis takes it in stride
Lauren Davis and Sloane Stephens They met in the first round WTA 250 de Hobart.
From the beginning of the match, Lauren became aggressive, took the initiative and hurt her compatriots. With great rebounds, he managed to break his serve and get to score. Even with the brake, everything was cleared up for him, while Stephens couldn’t find answers to his tennis. In the seventh game, the former world No. 3 had four break points but didn’t make it. Later, Davis picked up his jabs and another break gave him the set 6-2 in 39 minutes.
Excited, encouraged and with everything going for her, Lauren made an ideal start to the second set, breaking twice to win 5-0. Stephens then brought out his warrior spirit, freed the hand and was able to regain the break. However, Davis stayed steady, tough, with a good mentality and sealed it 6-2, 6-2 after 1h29min.