MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 07: Samantha Stosur of Australia plays a backhand against Sloane Stephens of the United States in their second round match during day three of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 7, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Stephens ends Sam’s Madrid campaign

Sam Stosur was on Monday beaten 6-1 6-3 by ninth seed and US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the second round of the Madrid Open.

Stosur struggled to make an impression against Stephens, who dominated behind an impressive first-serve rate of 88 per cent.

She was also the aggressor, belting 22 winners to the Australia’s 11 – including scorching forehand winners in the second set to take both a 5-3 lead and to seal the win.

The American reeled off six straight games to take the first set and eased to victory after Stosur had held firm in the early stages of the second.

“I think I played really well and super consistent, I competed very well so I’m pleased with that,” Stephens told wtatennis.com.

Stephens, who levelled her head-to-head record against Stosur at 2-2, in the last 16 faces Karolina Pliskova, who overcame Victoria Azarenka in a Monday evening thriller.

Stosur will next head to Rome for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.