Brussels, Belgium (Sports Network) - Fourth-seeded American Sloane
Stephens was a mild quarterfinal upset victim Thursday at the $690,000
Brussels Open, a final clay-court French Open tune-up.
Eighth-seeded Chinese Peng Shuai ousted the 20-year-old Stephens 6-2, 6-3
on a rainy day at Royal Primerose Tennis Club. Stephens has struggled since
reaching her first-ever Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open back in
The second round wrapped up a day late on Thursday, as second-seeded Italian
Roberta Vinci held off Kazakhstani qualifier Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
and American Jamie Hampton upended fifth-seeded Belgian favorite Kirsten
Flipkens 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
Rain has been a nuisance in Brussels this week.
The 2013 Brussels titlist will earn $120,000.
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