Sloane Stephens (USA) during her match against Urszula Radwanska (POL) on day three of the 2013 US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK (AP) - Sloane Stephens' second-round match at the U.S. Open did not get started until nearly midnight, and the 15th-seeded American made sure she got off the court in a hurry.
Stephens needed only 58 minutes to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows for the second time by beating 38th-ranked Urszula Radwanska of Poland 6-1, 6-1 in a match that ended a little before 1 a.m. Thursday.
Stephens needed three sets and nearly three hours to win her opening match. But this one was far easier, as she hit 24 winners and only five unforced errors.
Rain delays earlier in the day meant Stephens and Radwanska did not play a point until 11:53 p.m. It was the second-latest start for a U.S. Open match; one in 1987 began at midnight.