French Open Day 5: Update on the American Women

Photo: Sloane Stephens, of the U.S, serves the ball to compatriot Vania King during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Thursday, May 30, 2013 in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

- No. 17 Sloane Stephens beat fellow American Vania King 6-1, 6-3. She made a splash at the 2013 Australian Open, but lately Sloane Stephens has had a tough time being consistent. After upsetting (in more way than one, apparently) world No.1 Serena Williams at the Australian Open and reaching the semi-finals, Stephens hit a plateau. But the American darling of the Melbourne tournament looks like she’s back on track. Stephens has often said how much she loves the clay, and today she convinced us, achieving 29 winners to King’s seven.

- Zheng Jie beat Melanie Oudin of the United States 6-3, 6-1. Oudin, a former U.S. Open quarterfinalist, won only 19 of 51 points on her serve.

- In doubles, Lauren Davis and Megan Moulton-Levy’s match against fellow Americans Madison Keys and Melanie Oudin was halted due to rain. It will continue Friday.

The losses by King and Oudin left five U.S. women in the draw, headed to the third round. They are: Jamie Hampton, Varvara Lepchecnko, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Sloane Stephens and Serena Williams.

Greg Victor

Greg Victor (Parcbench Culture Editor) covers the worlds of tennis and country music for Parcbench. Based in New York City and frequently on the road.

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