Fresh start for Sloane Stephens

A year after her Grand Slam breakthrough, American taking things in stride

Updated: January 15, 2014, 9:23 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Her final match in Melbourne a year ago came on the grand, raucous stage of Rod Laver Arena. More than 15,000 jammed the lively venue wondering if Sloane Stephens could carve out another upset.

But after stunning fellow American Serena Williams in the quarterfinals, the 19-year-old Stephens went quietly in her first career major semifinal, losing to Victoria Azarenka in straight sets.

Her first-round match in 2014 was, well, not exactly all that.

"I know, Court 6," Stephens ...

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