Reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens smoothly slid into the third round at Roland Garros with a quick win over Polish qualifier Magdalena Frech.
WTA Staff
May 30, 2018

PARIS, France -- No.10 seed Sloane Stephens of the United States had another quick day at the office on Wednesday, moving into the third round of the French Open with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Polish qualifier Magdalena Frech.

20-year-old Frech picked up her first-ever Grand Slam main draw win in the first round over Ekaterina Alexandrova earlier in the week, but the reigning US Open champion put an end to the Polish player's run by emerging victorious in just over an hour.

Stephens had 17 winners to 13 unforced errors, and was pristine on serve during the encounter, never facing a break point. Frech acquitted herself well in her first-ever match against a Top 10 player, but she was undone by 24 unforced errors.

Following her breezy first-round match, Stephens has dropped only six games in her first two matches in Paris. Her third-round test will be against hard-hitting Camila Giorgi of Italy. Giorgi is also in excellent form, having dropped only eight games in the first two rounds.

Frech announced she came to play when she survived three break points in the opening game of the match, then held after a strong serve was returned long by Stephens. But the American did not wait much longer to eke ahead, holding at love for 1-1 and then breaking at love after Frech ended that game with consecutive double faults.

The young Polish player stayed with Stephens throughout much of the set, often sealing points with well-struck forehands. But Stephens avoided any trouble on her serve in the opener, never facing a break point, and Frech was constantly pinned behind on the scoreboard because of it.

Frech had double game point at 4-2, but a Stephens forehand winner off the netcord erased one, and Frech lost the second with an unforced error just barely wide. The American took advantage of the opportunity, breaking once more for 5-2. Stephens held again at love, swiftly taking the first set. The American had seven winners in the set, more than doubling Frech's total of three.

The second set was basically a carbon copy of the first set, as Stephens broke World No.136 Frech in exactly the same games as she had in the opener. First, Stephens claimed Frech’s serve at 1-1, forcing an error from the Polish youngster with a deep backhand on break point.

And, once again, Stephens took the double-break lead at 4-2. On this occasion, Frech saved the first break point of the game with a forehand winner, but two straight errors from that wing afterwards ceded the second break to the American.

Stephens would not give Frech a chance to rebound in the next game, racing to double match point with a backhand crosscourt winner. Another winner, this time a forehand down the line, allowed the American to keep charging through the draw. Thus, 25-year-old Stephens is one win away from reaching the second week in Paris for the fifth time in her career.

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