Halep beats Stephens in straight sets at Citi Open
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 02, 2017 07:46 AM
Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after winning the opening set against Britain's Johanna Konta during their Women's Quarterfinal Singles Match on day eight at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep defeated Sloane Stephens 7-6(3), 6-0 in her opening match at the Citi Open on Tuesday.
After beating Stephens, the 2015 Citi Open champion, Halep will face Mariana Duque-Marino in the second round. Stephens played her second match of the season after missing nearly a year with a stress fracture in her foot.
Halep, who reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, is ranked No. 2 behind Karolina Pliskova.
Ekaterina Makarova stopped Jamie Loeb 7-6(4), 6-3, and Monica Puig beat Louisa Chirico 6-4, 6-4. In night matches, second-seeded Kristina Mladenovic faces Tatjana Maria, Monica Niculescu faces Nao Hibino and Christina McHale faces Eugenie Bouchard.
On the men's side, top-seeded Dominic Thiem faces Henri Laaksonen and second-seeded Kei Nishikori faces Donald Young.
The Citi Open is a hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 28.