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Daily Bagel: Does Sloane Stephens really care if she loses?

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• Quite a few people are weighing in on the state of Sloane Stephens. Lindsay Gibbs of The Changeover suggests that she doesn't seem bothered when she loses.

I think she wants to win in the way I want to finish writing this article in the next 10 minutes. It’s my goal, but likely someone is going to stop and talk to me, or I’ll see an interesting article pop up on twitter, or I’ll need to eat a second dinner, and it just won’t happen. And truthfully I won’t really be that bothered, the same way Sloane didn’t seem that bothered today.

Sloane says she wants to win -- we all do -- but she sure doesn’t seem to care if she loses. That’s an important distinction.

• Peter Bodo recaps the potentially tumultuous state of the American women.

• Ed McGrogan of ESPN.com wonders if Miami should follow Charleston's tradition and go to green clay.

Instead of ending a long hard-court slog, Miami could become the kickoff of the clay-court season. For that reason, I believe a surface switch would go over well with players, particularly those from South America who grew up on clay and receive tremendous support from the Latin-heavy crowds in Miami.

If Indian Wells serves as the entrée in the post-Australia hard-court meal, Miami is the third helping I didn’t really need. Charleston is something entirely different, the pecan-filled desert.

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• Christopher Clarey of The New York Times: To save itself, Miami has had to give up any claim of being the "Fifth Slam".

• Happy 36th birthday, Tommy Haas.

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• Ben Rothenberg and I did a very fun interview with Madison Keys for the No Challenges Remaining podcast. Click ahead to the last 10 minutes.

• An interesting (and scary) player party at the Monterrey Open.

• Non-tennis: From The MMQB, the debate in Washington rages on.
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