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South Florida's Sloane Stephens upset in first round at Wimbledon

Sloane Stephens of the United States leaves the court after being defeated by Donna Vekic of Croatia during their Ladies' Singles first round match against on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2018 in London, England.
Sloane Stephens of the United States leaves the court after being defeated by Donna Vekic of Croatia during their Ladies' Singles first round match against on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2018 in London, England. Getty Images

Sloane Stephens' run at Wimbledon was short-lived.

Stephens, a Plantation native and the No. 4 seed, dropped her first-round match Monday morning in London to Croatia's Donna Vekic 6-1, 6-3.

It was a shocking turn of events for Stephens, who won the Miami Open in March and was coming off a runner-up finish at the French Open last month.

This is the second straight year Stephens has been eliminated in her first match of the main draw at Wimbledon. In 2017, she dropped a straight set match to Alison Riske 6-2, 7-5. In seven total appearances at the Grand Slam event, Stephens has advanced past the Round of 32 just once, doing so in 2013.

Vekic, ranked No. 55 in the world heading into Wimbledon, will face either Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova or Sweden's Rebecca Peterson in the second round. Vekic's win over Stephens was her first against a top-10 opponent since June 2017.

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