San Diego Open: Former US Open champ Stephens sets up second round clash against Garcia

The American defeated Belgian Elise Mertens 6-1, 6-3 on Tuesday

Sloane Stephens at the WTA Guadalajara Open Sloane Stephens, Imahe Credit: AI/ Reuters/ Panoramic
Cymbiotika San Diego Open •Third round • completed
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American Sloane Stephens advanced to the last 16 of the Cymbiotika San Diego Open by beating Belgian Elise Mertens 6-1, 6-3 on Tuesday.

Stephens, ranked No 36 in the world, will face second seed Caroline Garcia next.

The Frenchwoman holds a slim 4-3 edge over Stephens in career head-to-head but the American has won their last two meetings, including a three-set win in Cincinnati last month.

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