Beijing - US Open winner Sloane Stephens suffered a shock
first-round defeat for the second week running, tumbling out of the China Open
on Monday at the hands of qualifier Christina McHale.
The 15th seed Stephens, wearing all pink, saw her match
delayed by rain in Beijing. When it finally got started she failed to fire,
going out to her fellow American with a whimper, 6-3, 6-0 in just 62 minutes.
The loss extends Stephens' poor run after sealing her first
Grand Slam last month.
Last week the 24-year-old similarly fell at the first
hurdle, losing to China's Wang Qiang in the opening round of the Wuhan Open.