Second seed Sloane Stephens dumped out of Washington Open

Sloane Stephens dejected

Second seed Sloane Stephens has been knocked out of the Washington Open after a shock defeat to Andrea Petkovic.

The US Open champion had been expected to shine back on the WTA Tour hardcourts of her home country as she prepared for the defence of her title later this month.

However, German Petkovic stunned Stephens with a 2-6 6-4 6-2 win.

Top seed Carolina Wozniacki pulled out of the tournament on Tuesday with injury, meaning the Citi Open has lost both of its top two women’s seeds.

Stephes looked well-positioned comingin to the match following her straight sets opening match win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Petkovic, though, proved a much more resilient foe, and she’ll now face either Belinda Bencic or Nao Hibino in the next round.