Former runner-up Stephens crashes out of French Open

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - September 15, 2020 Sloane Stephens of the U.S. during her first round match against Spain's Garbine Muguruza Pool via REUTERS/Riccardo Antimiani

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens was dumped out of the tournament when she lost 6-4 4-6 6-2 to Paula Badosa of Spain in the second round on Thursday.

The American 29th seed, a finalist at Roland Garros two years ago, was rarely in the mix on court 12, her comeback to one-set all proving to be a false dawn.

The result capped a miserable run on clay this season for the 2017 U.S. Open champion, who entered the event on the back of first-round exits at the Italian Open and Strasbourg International.

Badosa, 22, will play her first third round match at a Grand Slam against 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris