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Mayer rallies to dump out Australian No. 1 Tomic

AFP, MONTREAL

The Italian next faces either Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei or 16th seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia.

Stephens, who was coming of an opening-round upset in the first round in Washington last week, got into her rhythm quickly against the big-hitting Mladenovic, but after winning the first set, she had trouble closing the match out.

“She upped her game a lot in the second set, and sometimes it’s going to be a little up and down, but I thought I stayed pretty solid and got through it,” the 20-year-old said.

“I knew she’s probably going to press a little bit and make me play more balls. I just tried to stay with it and hit a lot of angles and move her a bit. It seemed to work and I played solid, so it was good,” she said.

Britain’s Laura Robson withdrew prior to her singles match against Yanina Wickmayer with a right-wrist injury and was replaced by lucky loser Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who was beaten 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 by the Belgian.

Germany’s Mona Barthel rallied after dropping a first-set tiebreaker to beat China’s Zheng Jie 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/1).

Barthel plays Stephens next.

Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova, the only other top 20 player in action on Monday and winner of the title in Stanford two weeks ago, took on compatriot Jana Cepelova and beat the qualifier 7-5, 6-4.

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