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Sloane Stephens loses early at Pan Pacific Open

2018-09-18 12:48
Sloane Stephens (AP)

Tokyo - Fifth-seeded Sloane Stephens was eliminated from the first round of the Pan Pacific Open by Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday. 

The 2017 US Open champion also lost to the unseeded Croat in the first round at Wimbledon. 

Also, seventh-seeded Ashleigh Barty reached the second round by beating CoCo Vandeweghe 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, while No 8 Barbora Strycova defeated Zarina Diyas 6-4, 6-4. 

In other matches, Johanna Konta defeated Gabriela Dabrowski 6-2, 6-0, and Alison Riske beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-4. 

Caroline Wozniacki is the top-seeded player at the tournament and Caroline Garcia is No. 2. Both had byes in the first round. 

Third-seeded Naomi Osaka, who won the US Open just over a week ago, also had a bye and plays Wednesday against Dominika Cibulkova.

 

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