Sloane Stephens finally snapped her lengthy losing streak on Tuesday, beating Pauline Parmentier of France to make the second round of the Mexican Open in Acapulco.
Stephens, who hadn’t won a match since claiming the US Open title last September, shook off a slow start to beat Parmentier 6-4, 6-0.
After handing Parmentier a break at 2-1 with a double fault, it looked like there was to be more misery, but the 24-year old managed to turn it around. She broke back to level at 3-3 before winning three of the next four games to take the opening set.
She then rattled off the second set 6-0 to wrap up victory in just 75 minutes.
.@SloaneStephens topples Pauline Parmentier 6-4, 6-0!
— WTA (@WTA) February 27, 2018
Stephens will face Dutch qualifier Arantxa Rus in the next round after she defeated American wild card Kayla Day 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Number two seed Kristina Mladenovic also made it through unscathed, the French world number 14 defeating compatriot Amandine Hesse 6-2, 6-2 to set up a second-round match with Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia.
— WTA (@WTA) February 28, 2018
Haddad Maia needed three sets to defeat Britain’s Heather Watson 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.
Zhang Shuai of China also progressed, the fourth seed losing only four games as she beat Italy’s Jasmine Paolini 6-3, 6-1.