Stephens is lone American left in Wimbledon singles

Sloane Stephens beat Monica Puig, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. She is the last American in the singles draw.
Sloane Stephens beat Monica Puig, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. She is the last American in the singles draw. (KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH / AP)
Posted: July 03, 2013

LONDON - Grand Slam tournaments bring out the best in Sloane Stephens, the last American singles player still around at the All England Club.

The 17th-seeded Stephens, who will play for the Freedoms this month in World TeamTennis, reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals Monday with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over 19-year-old Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.

Stephens made a run to the Australian Open semifinals in January and a second-week appearance in the French Open in June. At Roland Garros, she reached the fourth round before losing to 2012 champion Maria Sharapova.

At Wimbledon on Tuesday, Stephens will take on 15th-seeded Marion Bartoli of France, the 2007 runner-up, with a chance to reach her second major semifinal of the year - and of her nascent career.

"Everyone asks, like, 'Why do you only play well in the Slams?' . . . I mean, I don't know," the 20-year-old Stephens said. "It just happens."

For the first time in 101 years, no men representing the United States made it to the third round.

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeated No. 13 Tommy Haas of Germany, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (4), to reach his 17th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal. He hasn't lost a set in the tournament.

On Wednesday, Djokovic faces No. 7 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

No. 24 seed Jerzy Janowicz beat Austrian Jurgen Melzer, 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, to become Poland's first men's Grand Slam quarterfinalist since Wojtek Fibek in 1980. His next opponent: Lukasz Kubot, whose five-set win over Adrian Mannarino of France ended minutes after Janowicz's victory, making him Poland's second men's Grand Slam quarterfinalist in 33 years.

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