WTA Tour

Stephens equals best Madrid showing with Azarenka win

Sloane Stephens (AP)
Sloane Stephens (AP)

Madrid - Sloane Stephens beat former world number one Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Madrid Open on Monday.

Stephens beat the two-time Australian Open winner for the fourth consecutive time in just over two hours to equal her best showing at the event.

Belarusian Azarenka, who double-faulted nine times, drove a forehand into the net as she was broken in the final game to lose to the American eighth seed.

Former US Open winner Stephens also reached the third round here in 2014 and 2018.

Dutch seventh seed Kiki Bertens advanced past former Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 6-3.

Last year's losing finalist Bertens hammered 11 aces as she went through in 80 minutes, breaking Ostapenko four times.

Results from the ATP and WTA tournaments in Madrid on Monday (x denotes seeding):

Men

First round

Laslo Djere (SRB) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 6-4, 6-4

Reilly Opelka (USA) bt Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4

Karen Khachanov (RUS x11) bt Jaume Munar (ESP) 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3

Frances Tiafoe (USA) bt Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO x14) 6-7 (8/10), 6-3, 6-4

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 6-2, 7-6 (7/5)

Taylor Fritz (USA) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 7-6 (10/8), 7-6 (7/4)

Marin Cilic (CRO x9) bt Martin Klizan (SVK) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/0)

Gael Monfils (FRA x15) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-3, 6-1

Richard Gasquet (FRA) bt Alejandro Davidovich (ESP) 7-5, 7-6 (7/5)

Women

Second round

Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) bt Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Sloane Stephens (USA x8) bt Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Kiki Bertens (NED x7) bt Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 6-4, 6-3

Anastasija Sevastova (LAT x12) bt Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU) 6-3, 6-4

Petra Kvitova (CZE) bt Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-3, 7-6 (7/5)

Ashleigh Barty (AUS x9) bt Danielle Collins (USA) 6-1, 1-6, 6-1

Viktória Kužmová (SVK) bt Carla Suárez (ESP) 6-4, 7-6 (7/2)

Belinda Bencic (SUI) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 6-3



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