Acapulco, Guerrero, March 1. Sloane Stephens was eliminated in the quarterfinal round of Abierto Mexicano Telcel, presented by HSBC, by Stefanie Voegele, who defeated her in three sets: 4-6, 7-5 and 2-6, in 72 minutes of play.
Stephens started the game slowly and this situation was used by her rival to close the first set with a decisive break in the final game. For the second set, Stephenes started strong and allowed her to balance the match.
Voegele, kept pressuring on Stephens,the 2016 edition champion could not keep the intensity in the last set, although she made a monumental effort, Stefanie recovered the break twice, which allowed her to claim victory.
Stefanie, 27, had nine direct services, plus 52 percent effectiveness in her first service.
Stephens was the first seed of the contest that celebrates its XXV anniversary and to get to the quarterfinals she won over Arantxa Rus and Paulina Parmentier. While Voegele defeated the German Tatjana Maria and Maria Sakkari.
The Swiss is waiting to meet her rival, which will be the winner of the match betweenShuai Zhang and Rebeca Peterson. Sloane remains alive in the tournament in the doubles mode, which will play alongside Monica Puig.