Sloane Stephens needs a big season

Talented American one of three players to keep a sharp eye on in 2014

Updated: January 14, 2014, 12:23 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

In our lust to add importance to these high-sporting dramas, it is easy to conflate real urgency and perceived urgency. Being down a set and 5-1 in a match is real urgency. It would be fatal to lose another game.

Starting off the year right is an urgency far more perceived. It would be good to gain positive momentum, but the world will not collapse if matters don't immediately fall the right way.

Momentum is not insignificant, especially in the head game of tennis, the game where ...

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