Nightmare continues for seeds in Acapulco as Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams tumble out
The top five seeds all fell at the first hurdle at the WTA Mexican Open after Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams also crashed out.
Top seed Stephens Stephens was dumped out by local wildcard Renata Zarazua with the world No 270 securing the biggest win of her career with a 6-4, 6-2 victory.
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“I think my plan, first of all, was to believe that I can win,” Zarazua told WTAtennis.com. “I made some tactical plans before the match with my coach. I think I was actually pretty excited.
She added: “I came here with opportunities to play against the best players,” Zarazua continued. “I was really happy.”
The Mexican will face Katie Volynets next after the American beat her compatriot Shelby Rogers 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).
Meanwhile, seventh seed Williams joined Stephens on the sidelines as she wasted seven match points during her defeat to Kaja Juvan, losing 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
No. Quit. 👏
Qualifier Kaja Juvan scores the biggest win of her career handing former No. 1 Venus Williams her first Acapulco loss 4-6 7-6(4) 6-2 after saving seven match points.#AMT2020 pic.twitter.com/Xo1zirPPIM
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The Slovenian qualifier came close to exiting as she had to save seven match points in game 10 of the second set, but she held on and then took the tie-breaker before dominating the final set.
Third seed Marie Bouzkova was also sent packing at as the Czech was beaten by Tatjana Maria with the German winning 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 while fourth seed was beaten 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 by fellow American Christine McHale.
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