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Austin Open: Former US Open champion Stephens to meet Gracheva in quarter-finals
Stephens defeats British qualifier Heather Watson 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday
Sloane Stephens at the 2021 US Open ©
ATX Open •Round of 16 • completedSee draw
American Sloane Stephens, the No 5 seed, reached the last eight of the Austin Open by beating British qualifier Heather Watson 6-4, 6-4 at the Westwood Country Club on Wednesday.
Stephens, ranked No 51 and a former US Open champion, will face Varvara Gracheva next. The American defeated Taylor Townsend (6-3, 6-3) in the previous round of the Austin tournament.
In the first round of the Austin tournament, Watson, ranked No 145, won against Montenegrin Danka Kovinic (7-6 (2), 6-4).
Austin WTA 250, other second-round results (Westwood Country Club, hard, USD 259,303)
- Varvara Gracheva beat Anna Blinkova: 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1
- Katie Volynets beat Anastasia Potapova (3): 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
- Anna Kalinskaya vs. Coco Vandeweghe
- Catherine McNally vs. Danielle Collins
- Marta Kostyuk vs. Madison Brengle
- Anna-Lena Friedsam vs. Erika Andreeva
- Peyton Stearns vs. Mirjam Bjorklund
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