Halep beats Stephens in straight sets at Citi Open

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

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.

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