New goals for Stephens this season

American puts dubious timeout from Azarenka behind her to focus on 2014

Updated: January 19, 2014, 4:22 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

To her credit, Sloane Stephens continues to maintain a public silence regarding what looked for all the world to be a nasty little piece of business from Victoria Azarenka.

It happened a year ago in Melbourne when Azarenka -- in the midst of a mental breakdown that included smashed balls, five unfulfilled match points and screams unlike the kind we are accustomed to hearing from her -- opted for a medical timeout in her semifinal match with Stephens. It was, quite apparently, a panic attack.

It ...

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