Sloane may have faded a bit in recent years but for me she remains one of the players to beat in this year’s Miami Open which has been hit by major stars’ absence. She needed 3 sets against the Frenchwoman Oceane Dodin to advance to round two. Sloane’s strength is in her good defensive game but the first set showed her weaknesses mainly she is prone to the odd shocking error. Look at the manner in which she threw away two set points in the breaker with two poor attempts at the back hand. The back hand just was not doing it for her in the first set. Point of the match went to Oceane. Leading 4-3 in the second set adv Stephens on her serve, the rally went back and forth with both playing great defense, Dodin finishing off with an nonreturnable forehand. Only 50% of Dodin’s first serve was good so it was little surprise she had seven double faults for this match.