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Like a pair of Jimmy Choos.

Before coming to Melbourne, Stephens had promised herself: “If I stay focused and concentrate, then I’ll reward myself with Jimmy Choo shoes.”

How much will those shoes set her back?

“You don’t want to know,” she said with big eyes. “It’s like five meals. And I eat a lot.”

Stephens‘ next opponent is Laura Robson, a British teenager she has known since she was 12.

The 53rd-ranked Robson upset No. 8 Petra Kvitova 2-6, 6-3, 11-9 in a 3-hour battle on center court that ended after midnight.

After the 18-year-old Robson politely thanked the crowd for staying to watch, she said she needed to check her phone.

“I think my mum is back home bombarding my phone with text messages,” she said.


OH LA LA: Gael Monfils faced a room full of French journalists who had one probing question: “How could you double fault 23 times?”

The Frenchman explained that he felt so tired during his match that he was desperately trying to keep points short.

“I wanted to finish with an ace, so I wouldn’t have to play the point,” he said.

Sometimes that worked. He served an impressive 29 aces.

Sometimes it didn’t. Four of his double faults came in the last game as he served for the match. At one point, he stood on the service line laughing in disbelief.

Eventually, the 86th-ranked Monfils won the match to claim a spot in the third round, but it was painful.

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