Sloane Stephens was one of five top-16 seeds sent packing Tuesday at the Nature Valley International at Eastbourne, England.
Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko overcame a poor start and 40 unforced errors while recording a 1-6, 6-0, 6-3 win over the seventh-seeded Stephens. Ostapenko posted 22 winners in the victory.
France’s Alize Cornet registered a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win over fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine is a match that was halted by rain on Monday and completed Tuesday. It marks the first time Cornet has won back-to-back matches since March at Miami.
In other upsets, Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova beat 10th-seeded Belinda Bencic 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-3 of Switzerland; Belgium’s Elise Mertens recorded a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 triumph over 13th-seeded Czech Marketa Vondrousova, and Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam knocked off 16th-seeded Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-3, 6-4.
Third-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands notched a 6-4, 6-1 win over Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva 6-4, 6-1; No. 4…
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