Sloane Stephens overcame her poor run at Melbourne Park with a decisive win over fellow American Taylor Townsend.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Fifth-seeded Sloane Stephens ended a three-match losing streak in first-round matches at Melbourne Park with a 6-4, 6-2 win over fellow American Taylor Townsend.
Stephens lost in the first round of the Australian Open in 2015, 2016 and 2018. She missed the 2017 tournament here after undergoing foot surgery and went on to win the U.S. Open later the same year.
Stephens and Townsend were among 15 American women in the singles main draw this year, including those who qualified.
Townsend has lost all three first-round matches she has played in Melbourne.