Sloane Stephens is still struggling with a wrist injury she suffered at the Hopman Cup before the start of the 2014 WTA season. With less than 48 hours to go before the start of the BNP Paribas Open, Stephens is still not certain what the problem is.
“I have like an old person’s wrist that kinda just messes up when it wants to and gives me some trouble,” she told USA Today.
When asked about the diagnosis, Stephens admit that she had visited five different doctors, each with differing opinions, leading her to say that she does not “even know what the actual diagnosis is.”
The wrist injury has significantly impacted the American’s game over the past couple of months, with her best performance being a fourth round appearance at the Australian Open. Since then, she has suffered opening round defeats to lesser ranked players in both Doha and Dubai. She has dropped slightly in the rankings and is currently sitting at No. 18.
While the results this season have frustrated Stephens, she understands that injuries occur and patience is required to make a full recovery and regain lost ground.
“There’s going to be a lot of things that happen throughout the year and some things are super frustrating that I don’t want to deal with half the time,” she said. “But at the end of the day you have to be patient, otherwise things will just not happen.”
The BNP Paribas Open begins March 6 at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens.