MELBOURNE (AFP) - Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens wanted to tell herself to "get it together" Monday before finishing her Australian Open hoodoo and advancing to the second round.

The 5th seed has persevered a horror run at Melbourne Park since achieving the semi-very last in 2013.

The 25-year-vintage exited within the first round in 2015, 2016 and 2018, and additionally overlooked 2017 with a foot damage.

There were additionally questions about the 2017 US Open winner’s form getting into the tournament after terrible performances this month at warm-u.S.A.In Brisbane and Sydney.

however she looked comfy in seeing off 93rd ranked fellow American Taylor Townsend 6-four, 6-2, developing in self belief because the in shape wore on.

She stated she hoped to emulate her appearance inside the ultimate four six years ago.

"It’s been a difficult couple of years right here, however I do love this tournament. It’s usually hard the first Slam of the year kind of getting going," she said.

"I had a good result here as soon as earlier than, so I assume I’m going to try to do it once more."

Stephens to begin with stumbled to move down a carrier damage and admitted her beyond disasters sprang to mind.

"i used to be like ‘right here we go again, get it together’," she said.

the world variety 5 without delay broke again to take the primary set after 32 minutes.

She changed into on top of things of the second one set from the offset, serving strongly and hitting correct returns to run Townsend around within the warmness.

The handiest wobble came while she struggled to close out the healthy, blowing four healthy factors on Townsend’s serve earlier than occurring to say victory off her own racquet.

Stephens is seeking greater consistency at Grand Slams after strong performances ultimate 12 months to attain the very last at Roland Garros and quarters at Flushing Meadows have been offset through first-spherical exits in Australia and Wimbledon.