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Sloane Stephens’s loss means there are no Americans left in French Open

American Sloane Stephens lost in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday, leaving no U.S. players left in the tournament.

Stephens, the 15th seed, lost to No. 4 Simona Halep of Romania, 6-4, 6-3. This is the third year in a row that Stephens has been ousted in the fourth round at Roland Garros.

Halep, who is having a breakout season, has reached two consecutive major quarterfinals and will play the winner between Svetlanta Kuznetsova and Lucie Safarova.

On the men’s side, John Isner continued to be the last American men’s hope in Paris, but also lost in the fourth round Sunday to No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

No American man has reached the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi did in 2003.

“I’m the number one American now, which isn’t as cool as being the number one American in the ’90s or something, or the 2000s,” the 29-year-old Isner said after the match (via Associated Press). “It’s pretty neat to say, but it’s nothing I would brag about or anything like that.”

Also exiting on Monday was Maryland native Francis Tiafoe, who lost in the second round of the Junior French Open, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, to Germany’s Jan Choinski.

Kelyn Soong is a news aide, blogger and reporter in the sports section. He currently covers high school and local tennis and has written about a variety of sports.



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