Sloane Stephens, seeking to shake off a poor begin to the season, notched her greatest victory of 2021 on Wednesday, upsetting eighth-seeded Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 within the second spherical of the Volvo Automotive Open at Charleston, S.C.
Stephens misplaced within the first spherical of every of her first 4 occasions of the 12 months, together with the Australian Open, earlier than falling within the second spherical on the current Miami Open. On Tuesday, she defeated China’s Xinyu Wang in straight units earlier than profitable an all-United States matchup Wednesday.
In one other all-U.S. showdown, Lauren Davis upset second-seeded Sofia Kenin 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. American Coco Gauff, the 14th seed, got here from behind to beat Russia’s Liudmilla Samsonova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
High-seeded Ashleigh Barty of Australian routed Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-2, 6-1, and Twelfth-seeded Ons Jabeur of Tunisia and Fifteenth-seeded Veronika Kudermetova of Russia additionally superior. Fifth-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and seventh-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium have been eradicated.
Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele wanted simply 85 minutes to upset top-seeded Saisai Zheng of China 6-4, 6-1 within the second spherical at Bogota, Colombia.
Voegele transformed six of her eight break-point alternatives whereas Zheng managed simply two breaks in seven probabilities.
Third-seeded Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands additionally was upset, falling 7-6 (4), 2-6, 1-6 to Spain’s Nuria Parrizas Diaz. One other Spaniard, Lara Arruabarrena, got here from behind to beat sixth-seeded Jasmine Paolini of Italy 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, and Bulgaria’s Viktoriya Tomova dumped eighth-seeded Yafan Wang of China 6-3, 6-3. The day’s different winner was Italy’s Sara Errani.
–Area Stage Media