Sloane Stephens through in straight sets despite a tricky second…

Sloane Stephens is safely through to round follow a dominating first set before a shaky second set which she just about orchestrated her way through to make the third round.

The American who is a former major champion and of course last years runner up here at Roland Garros wasted no time as she sped to a 5-0 lead in the opening set against the Spaniard.

Sara got herself on the board but nothing was going to halt the 7th seed as she took the first set 6-1 in just over 20 minutes.

The second set looked like following suite for the American who took a 3-0 lead but then things began to go downhill.

Watching Sloane in the first set and comparing it with her play in the second set was like watching a different player. The foot firmly came off the pedal from the American. In set one she was hitting the ball strong and this felt like she was going through the motions.

Sara continued to plug away and from 1-6 0-3 you wouldn’t have faulted her losing faith but she remained competitive and broke back and broke again to lead 4-3.

Sloane reacted as you would expect from the former finalist breaking to love before another error prone game against a very stubborn Sorribes Tormo who would then serve for the set.

Three more breaks of serve followed as the errors continued to flow from both rackets and this led to a tie-break.

It felt like there would be only be one winner in the tie-break and what looked like being a routine win for Sloane got a bit tricky but got over the line 6-1 7-6.

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