The fifth racket of the world, American Sloane Stephens, beat Russian woman Ekaterina Aleksandrova, who is 72nd in the WTA rating, with a score of 0/6, 7/6 (3), 7/6 (3) at the start of the tournament in Sydney.
The match lasted 2 hours and 38 minutes. During this time, 25-year-old Stephens completed one ace, made four wrong mistakes when serving and sold four break points, and 24-year-old Alexandrova filed six times, made 11 double mistakes and made seven breaks.
This was the first official meeting of athletes. In the second round of the Sydney International competition, Stephens will fight with Yuliya Putintseva from Kazakhstan.