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Sloane Stephens out of Wimbledon after straight-sets defeat by Donna Vekic

• French Open finalist becomes first major Wimbledon casualty
• ‘It was a very tough match,’ says 22-year-old Vekic

With Sloane Stephens, it really does seem to be all or nothing. The US Open champion, a finalist at the French Open just last month, became the first major casualty of this year’s Wimbledon on Monday, her 6-1, 6-3 defeat by Donna Vekic on No 1 Court every bit as one-sided as it sounds.

It was the third successive defeat in round one for the fourth-seeded American, who has now either reached the final or gone out in round one in each of her past five grand slam tournaments. When she broke to lead 2-0 at the start of the second set it looked like she might get back into it but Vekic was too solid and the world No 55 clinched one of the best wins of her career.

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