World news – Sloane Stephens beats Ajla Tomljanovic and enters the Volvo Car Open


Sloane Stephens reached the quarter of the Volvo Car Open, making it so far advanced in a tournament for the first time since the 2019 French Open.

Published: April 09, 2021 12:08 PM |

Last updated: April 09, 2021 12:08 pm

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CHARLESTON: Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens reached the quarter-finals of the Volvo Car Open. For the first time since the French Open in 2019, she was so far advanced in a tournament.

Stephens, the American who won her Grand Slam title in 2017, ousted Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 6: 3 on Thursday: 6: 4.

Kudermetova, who finished 15th in the first clay court event of the season, beat Kurumi Nara from Japan 6: 0 to 6: 3.

World number 1 Ashleigh Barty, who won the Miami Open title last Saturday, has a third round game on Thursday evening.

Stephens had been on a slide for the last two seasons, falling from 3rd place in the world to 57th place.

Also in the quarter-finals is the youngest competitor of the 17-year-old American Coco Gauff, who in 14th beat compatriot Lauren Davis 6: 2, 7: 6 (2).

She said when she beat in the second set Davis lost several points in a row, snapping them back into the match.

« I’m trying to keep an eye on this because ma n sometimes loses focus for 10-15 minutes and that’s three or four games, « she said.

The sixth seed, Garbine Mugaruza of Spain, was ahead of them in their match with Yulia Puntintseva of Khazakstan retired with an injury to his left leg.

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