Sloane Stephens falls in first round

Updated: February 18, 2013, 3:52 PM ET
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Sloane Stephens lost in the first round of the Dubai Championship on Monday, the latest setback for the rising American star who reached the Australian Open semifinals.

Stephens, who has reached a career high 16th in the rankings since knocking out Serena Williams in Melbourne, lost to Sorana Cirstea of Romania 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

"It was a rough day, and I think she obviously played some good tennis," Stephens said. "Every match isn't going to go the way ...

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