Sloane Stephens’ struggles continued Friday as the fourth-ranked American fell 6-3, 6-0 to Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele in her opening match at Indian Wells.
Voegele, currently ranked 109th in the world after reaching a career high of 42, won the last eight games of the match to sweep into the third round in just 68 minutes.
It’s the second tournament in a row that 2017 US Open winner Stephens has been toppled by a qualifier, coming on the heels of a straight-sets defeat to 172nd-ranked Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia in Acapulco.
Voegele’s victory is perhaps less of a shocker. She has now won the last four of five career meetings with Stephens.
Voegele, 28, broke Stephens five times in the match, including three breaks in the second set and saved all three break points she faced.
Stephens said the windy weather was a factor, but conceded it affected her opponent just as much.