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WTA French Open - Sloane Stephens moves into second round of qualifying

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by Prakash

Threee of the five American women in action on day one of the qualifying event for the French Open won their matches to reach the secound round. 17 year old Sloane Stephens was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Frenchwoman Severine Beltrame.

Julia Cohen and Jamie Hampton, both of the US also won, but there was heartbreak for American veteran Lindsay Lee-Waters who lost a marathon third set 10-8 to Russian Ekaterina Bychkova. In other matches, there were also wins former top-rated women including former world no.

22 Sabine Lisicki, former world no, 14 Eleni Danilidou, former world no. 35 and one-time French Open quarter-finalist Sesil Karantancheva and former world no. 30 Michaella Krajicek. Two youngsters Heather Watson of Britain and Czech Karolina Pliskova also won but screaming Portugese teen Michelle Larcher de Brito was not so fortunate.

Julia Cohen (USA) d Anais Laurendon 6-2, 6-2 Jamie Hampton (USA) d Irena Pavlovic 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 Ekaterina Bychkova (RUS) d Lindsay Lee-Waters (USA) 3-6, 7-6, 10-8 Sophie Ferguson (AUS) d Madison Brengle (USA) 6-2, 6-3 Sloane Stephens (USA) d Severine Beltrame 6-1, 6-3 .

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