Kenin wins, Stephens loses in ASB Classic’s 1st round

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Spanish qualifier Rebeka Masarova has beaten second-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-3, 7-5 (5) at the ASB Tennis Classic as organizers of the WTA Tour event contend with a backlog of singles matches caused by persistent rain. Matches had to be played indoors and without spectators to ensure the first round of singles was completed. On a day which was to be notable for the number of American players in action, Stephens struggled to adjust to the indoor setting and fell to the 130th-ranked Masarova in just under two hours.

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