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WTA roundup: Sloane Stephens bounced in France

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Mar 25, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Sloane Stephens (USA) serves against Jessica Pegula (USA) (not pictured) in a second round women's match in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Sixth-seeded Sloane Stephens was upset Monday in the first round of the Internationaux de Strasbourg by the 306th-ranked player in the world.

Nefisa Berberovic of Bosnia-Herzegovina lost the first set but rallied to defeat Stephens 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 in one hour, 54 minutes in Strasbourg, France. Stephens is ranked No. 53 in the world.

Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic, No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany and fourth-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium all won in straight sets to advance to the Round of 16.

Fifth-seeded Shuai Zhang of China lost, 6-2, 6-3 to Maryna Zanevska of Belgium. No. 9 seed Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland advanced, 6-0, 6-4.

Morocco Open

Top-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain defeated Kazakhstan’s Anna Danilina 6-3, 6-2 in first-round action at Rabat, Morocco.

Third-seeded Nuria Parrizas Diaz of Spain needed 2 hours and 27 minutes to get past Canada’s Carol Zhao 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-2.

Italy’s Lucia Bronzetti ousted No. 8 seed Anna Kalinskaya of Russia 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3. Seventh-seeded Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands beat Switzerland’s Lulu Sun in straight sets.

–Field Level Media