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Roland-Garros: Former finalist Sloane Stephens advances to second round

Sloane Stephens defeated Jule Niemeier in three sets and will next meet Romania’s Sorana Cirstea in the second round of Roland-Garros

Sloane Stephens_Roland_Garros_2021 AI / REUTERS / PANORAMIC

American Sloane Stephens moved into the second round of Roland-Garros by beating German Jule Niemeier 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 at the French Open in Paris on Sunday.

Sloane Stephens, ranked No 53 and a finalist in 2018, will play Romanian Sorana Cirstea next.

Niemeier, ranked No 103 in the world, had come through the qualifying draw, winning three matches to reach the main draw.

Paris (Grand Slam): Other first-round results (Stade Roland-Garros, clay)

  • Maria Camila Osorio Serrano beat Harmony Tan: 6-4, 6-3
  • Sorana Cirstea beat Tatjana Maria: 6-3, 6-3
  • Beatriz Haddad Maia beat Cristina Bucsa: 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
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