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Sloane Stephens upends Sharapova, Azarenka advances at Cincinnati

Aug. 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM
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CINCINNATI, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Sloane Stephens upended third-seeded Maria Sharapova and No. 2 Victoria Azarenka also moved on Tuesday in second-round play at the Western & Southern Open.

American Stephens notched just her second win against a Top 10 opponent, rallying to overcome the third-seeded Russian 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 at Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Sharapova, hampered by a left hip injury, was making her first appearance since Wimbledon.

Azarenka, meanwhile, needed a second-set tiebreaker to turn back an upset bid by American qualifier Vania King, 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) and reach Round 3.

Also registering first-round wins Tuesday were 10th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who breezed past China's Peng Shuai 6-1, 6-1, and No. 14 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, who outlasted Germany's Sabine Lisicki, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-2.

A pair of first-round upsets saw Russian Elena Vesnina surprise 13th-seeded Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, and France's Alize Cornet down No. 15 Ana Ivanovic 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4.

Other opening-round winners included Americans Jamie Hampton and Varvara Lepchenko, Germans Mona Barthel and qualifier Andrea Petkovic, Russian Ekaterina Makarova, Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova, lucky loser Monica Niculescu and Slovenian qualifier Polona Hercog.

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