Sloane Stephens invited a friend to come watch her play at the Volvo Car Open.
"And I was like, 'Well, I've never won a match there, so the earlier in the week you could come, the better,'" Stephens said, laughing.
Turns out, the rising 23-year-old American had a nice long stay, winning her third WTA title of the season with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over Elena Vesnina in the finals Sunday.
Stephens had actually won one match in her previous five main-draw appearances on Charleston's green clay. In this visit, the seventh-seeded Stephens from Planation, Florida, dropped only one set on the way to her first clay-court crown.
Stephens said she changed...