Mexican Open: Top-seed Sloane Stephens downs Arantxa Rus; Dominic Thiem beats Denis Shapovalov to enter quarters

Stephens won the US Open last year for her first Grand Slam title and took the Acapulco hardcourt event in 2016.

AP March 01, 2018 12:30:19 IST
Mexican Open: Top-seed Sloane Stephens downs Arantxa Rus; Dominic Thiem beats Denis Shapovalov to enter quarters

Acapulco: Top-seeded Sloane Stephens rallied to beat Dutch qualifier Arantxa Rus 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-0 on Wednesday night to reach the Mexico Open quarterfinals.

Rafael Nadal withdrew before his opening match, saying he needs more time to recover from a hip injury. The second-ranked Spanish star hasn't played since retiring in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Mexican Open Topseed Sloane Stephens downs Arantxa Rus Dominic Thiem beats Denis Shapovalov to enter quarters

Sloane Stephens in action against Arantxa Rus at the Mexico Open. AFP

Stephens saved a match point in the second-set tiebreaker against the left-hander. The American won the US Open last year for her first Grand Slam title and took the Acapulco hardcourt event in 2016. Stephens will face Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Greece's Maria Sakkari.

Second-seeded Kristina Mladenovic also overcame a slow start to advance, beating Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Mladenovic will play seventh-seeded defending champion Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Arina Rodionova of Australia.

Third-seeded Daria Gavrilova of Australia beat Mexico's Renata Zarazua 7-5, 6-3 to set up a match against Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay. Royg upset fifth-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 7-6 (3), 6-1.

Fourth-seeded Zhang Shuai of China beat Jil Teichmann of Switzerland 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Third-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria topped Denis Shapovalov of Canada 6-2, 6-3. The Argentina Open winner two weeks ago on clay, Thiem will face the winner of a late match between sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina and David Ferrer of Spain.

In men's play, second-seeded Alexander Zverev beat fellow German Peter Gojowczyk 7-6 (6), 6-3. Zverev will face Ryan Harrison of the United States. Harrison edged Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa beat France's Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-4 in another late match. Anderson won the New York Open two weeks ago.

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