Charleston: Ajla Tomljanovic has bowed out of the Charleston Open, but not before giving top seed Sloane Stephens a genuine fright in a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 third-round loss.
Tomljanovic took the only break of the first set and carried her momentum against the former French Open finalist into the opening games of the second.
She reeled off 11 straight points to race to a 3-0 lead and looked set for her first win over Stephens in five meetings.
But Stephens clicked into gear, winning five games in a row and forcing a deciding set with another break of serve.
Tomljanovic continued to go for her shots in the third set, breaking first and held a point for a 5-3 lead before Stephens fought back to win the final three games.