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Magdalena Rybarikova wins, Sloane Stephens falls at Citi Open

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- Defending champion Magdalena Rybarikova posted a win but second-seeded Sloane Stephens took a tumble Monday in the first round of the Citi Open.

Slovakia's Rybarikova began her title defense with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 triumph over American Christina McHale. Seeded seventh this year, she prevailed over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in last year's finale at FitzGerald Tennis Center.

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The news wasn't as good for American Sloane, however, who tumbled to Russian Olga Puchkova, 7-5, 6-3 in her first match since falling to Marion Bartoli in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, American Melanie Oudin bested Australian Anastasia Rodionova 7-5, 6-3.

Also logging Day 1 wins Monday were Argentine Paula Ormaechea, Germany's Andrea Petkovic and Slovakia's Jana Cepelova.

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