U.S. Open finalists Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys lose in return to court

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U.S. Open tennis champion Sloane Stephens and runner-up Madison Keys were knocked out of the Wuhan (China) Open in the first round Monday.

In their first matches since the U.S. Open final in New York, Stephens, the 17th-ranked player, lost to Wang Qiang 6-2, 6-2 and Keys, ranked 12th, was beaten by Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 7-6 (4).

Stephens’ serve was broken early in both sets. Wang closed out the victory on her sixth match point.

Also, defending champion Petra Kvitova lost for the first time in Wuhan on her third visit. Kvitova won in 2014 and last year, when she dropped just one set. It took Peng Shuai 3½ hours to knock her out 7-6 (7) 6-7 (5) 7-6 (3).

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