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Sloane Stephens avoids first-round exit at Wimbledon

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United States’ Sloane Stephens, left, greets Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky after winning their Women’s singles match during day two of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)


WIMBLEDON, England -- Ninth-seeded Sloane Stephens avoided another first-round exit at Wimbledon.

The 2017 U.S. Open champion eliminated quarterfinalist Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-4 for her first victory at the All England Club since 2016.

The American was one of four top-10 seeded women to lose in the first round last year, and also went out in her opening match in 2017. Bacsinszky reached the quarterfinals in 2015 but has now lost all three of her career meetings with Stephens.

No. 15 Wang Qiang and Barbora Strycova were also among the early winners on Day 2 of the Grand Slam tournament.

Wang beat Vera Lapko 6-2, 6-2, and Strycova defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-3, 6-2.