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Stephens upset in Strasbourg

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Strasbourg - Top-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States and sixth-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia have lost in straight sets in the first round of the Strasbourg International on Tuesday.

Julia Goerges of Germany upset Stephens 6-3, 6-2, and Croatian qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni stunned Jovanovski 6-4, 6-0.

Goerges, a semifinalist at the Pattaya Open in Thailand in February, did not face a break point. She broke for 5-3 in the first set, and in the final set, Stephens dropped serve in the first and seventh games.

Lucic-Baroni offset seven double faults by saving all four break points she faced against Jovanovski.

Other winners included 2011 champion Andrea Petkovic of Germany, seventh-seeded Peng Shuai of China, Monica Puig of Puerto Rico, Americans Christina McHale and Lauren Davis, and Spanish qualifier Silvia Soler-Espinosa, who defeated Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland for the first time in five matches.

Results from the the Strasbourg WTA tournament on Tuesday (x denotes seeing):

First round
Julia Goerges (GER) bt Sloane Stephens (USA x1) 6-3, 6-2
Lauren Davis (USA) bt Olga Govortsova (BLR) 6-2, 6-4
Monica Puig (PUR) bt Johanna Larsson (SWE) 7-5, 7-6 (7/5)
Andrea Petkovic (GER) bt Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 6-3, 6-4
Mirjana Lucic (CRO) bt Bojana Jovanovski (SRB x6) 6-4, 6-0
Christina McHale (USA) bt Alexandra Cadantu (ROM) 6-1, 6-2
Peng Shuai (CHN x7) bt Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 7-5, 7-5
Silvia Soler (ESP) bt Stefanie Vgele (SUI) 6-0, 7-6 (7/5)
Camila Giorgi (ITA) bt Alize Cornet (FRA x2) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3

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