Sloane Stephens makes winning start at Mexico Open as Victoria Azarenka and Britain’s Johanna Konta also advance in Acapulco

  • Top seed Sloane Stephens defeated Pauline Parmentier in straight sets 6-2 6-2
  • The American, who won Mexico Open in 2016, needed just over an hour to win
  • Former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka knocked out second seed Danielle Collins
  • Britain’s Johanna Konta proved too strong for Laura Siegemund in Acapulco

Top seed Sloane Stephens made a winning start as she cruised past Pauline Parmentier in straight sets in the first round of the Mexico Open.

The 2016 champion dropped just four games to record a 6-2 6-2 victory in an hour and nine minutes.

The pair traded breaks at the start of the match, but Stephens found her rhythm and reeled off seven games in a row between the first and second set.

The American defeated her French opponent Pauline Parmentier in straight sets 6-2 6-2

Joining her in the second round in Acapulco is former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka, who felled second seed Danielle Collins.

Currently ranked 50th in the world, Azarenka dominated her American opponent from the off, breaking twice in a row to take a 4-0 lead.

Collins had three chances to get ahead in the opening game of the second set, but the Belarusian kept her cool before going on to seal a 6-1 6-2 win.

Britain’s Johanna Konta had no trouble getting past doubles partner Laura Siegemund, taking a 6-3 6-2 victory to set up a meeting with Russia’s Varvara Flink

Victoria Azarenka, the former world No 1, proved too strong for second seed Danielle Collins

Flink was just 30 minutes into her match against Amanda Anisimova when the American retired at 4-3 up in the first set.

Rebecca Peterson also retired at 4-3 down against Sofia Kenin, handing the American a second-round meeting with Britain’s Katie Boulter.

Meanwhile, Canada’s Bianca Andreescu prevailed 6-1 6-3 over Jil Teichmann, No 4 seed Mihaela Buzarnescu dismissed Australia’s Daria Gavrilova 6-4 6-2 and Saisai Zheng battled from a set down to beat Renata Zarazua 3-6 7-5 6-4.

There were also wins for Tatjana Maria, 6-2 7-6 (1) over Martina Trevisan, Timea Babos, who overcame Dalila Jakupovic 5-7 6-4 6-4 and Christina McHale, who saw off Ysaline Bonaventure 6-3 1-6 6-2.

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