Sorana Cirstea and Sloane Stephens will be looking to book a place in the French Open third round on Wednesday afternoon (1.30pm, UK time).
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The clay season began so promising for Sorana Cirstea who reached an Istanbul semifinal but that momentum couldnt be carried as she would suffer first round eliminations in Madrid, Rome and Strasbourg. This miserable run came to an end in Roland Garros when she bested this year’s Bogota champion Tatjana Maria, 6-3, 6-3, in just over an hour, knocking out as many winners as the German veteran. A teenage quarterfinalist in the French capital, Cirstea won no fewer than two matches between 2015 and 2020, which was doubled last year when she reached the fourth round. This will also be a second meeting with Sloane Stephens with their previous showdown — first round of 2013 Dubai Tennis Championships — ending 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in Cirstea’s favour.
Stephens was an upcoming 19-year-old back then she has since gone on to win a major (2017 US Open) while reaching another final (2018 French Open) but since that most recent success it’s been two quarter-finals and four opening round eliminations across 14 slam appearances. Another first round exit looked to be on the cards when she faced two breakpoints against German qualifier Jule Niemeier, once getting up to speed the former runner-up won 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 subsequently improving her Paris first-round record to 10-0 since a first round exit in 2011. Stephens, who came into Roland Garros with a six-match losing streak, will now defend her 24-3 record in slam second rounds.