Stephens falls in Brussels QFs

1:24 PM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
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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 January.

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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