Rough day for US Tennis as Coco Gauff, Sloane Stephens, and Madison Keys all fail in Washington
American stars Coco Gauff and Sloane Stephens endured a tough day at the Citi Open in Washington, as both crashed out in the first round.
Gauff was the story of Wimbledon this year, where the 15-year-old powered her way all the way through qualifying, past Venus Williams, and into the fourth round.
However, she has been sent crashing back down to earth on home soil, with Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas registering a fine 6-4, 6-2 win.
There was further bad news for US tennis as top-seed Stephens also fell at the first hurdle.
Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion, was expected to have an easy time of it against Swede Rebecca Peterson, but was far from her best in a 6-2, 7-5 defeat.
Zarina Diyas progress to the @CitiOpen second round!
Defeats qualifier Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-2. pic.twitter.com/K3XpQZjWU6
— WTA (@WTA) July 30, 2019
Gauff’s failure did at least allow for another American teenager to grab the limelight, although it came at a cost of a compatriot.
17-year-old Hailey Baptiste shocked Madison Keys in their first round clash, overcoming the second seed 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
Meanwhile, Monica Puig, fourth seed Hsieh Su-wei and France’s Kristina all managed to advance in straight sets.
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