Stephens out at Madrid; all-German final in Munich

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Sloane Stephens, the rising American star who beat Serena Williams en route to the Australian Open semifinals in January, was ousted Saturday by Daniela Hantuchova in the first round of the Madrid Open.

Stephens, ranked 17th in the world, lost 6-3, 7-5. She is the third top-20 opponent this season to lose to Hantuchova, who is a wild-card entry at the clay-court tournament.

Seventh-seeded Sara Errani advanced to the second round, beating Urszula Radwanska of Poland, 6-3, 6-1.

The Italian will face either Sorana Cirstea or Ayumi Morita.

Also, Germany’s Julia Goerges downed Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski 6-4, 6-1, and Lourdes Dominguez-Lino of Spain beat Simona Halep of Romania 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Alize Cornet, Sabine Lisicki, Kirsten Flipkens, and Magdalena Rybarikova also won first-round matches.

The first round of the men’s event begins Sunday.

Munich final set

Tommy Haas will play defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in an all-German final at the BMW Open on Sunday.

The third-seeded Haas defeated Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday, while Kohlschreiber edged compatriot Daniel Brands 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (5) to set up the first all-German title match in Munich in 48 years.

The 35-year-old Haas, who reached the 2000 final and hopes to win the title for the first time in his 10th attempt, needed less than 90 minutes to oust an opponent who posted three upsets on his way to the semis.

The 56th-ranked Dodig defeated Russian two-time champion Nikolay Davydenko in the first round, second-seeded countryman Marin Cilic in the next and fifth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov on Friday.

Kohlschreiber battled from a break down in the final set to beat Brands in 2 hours, 14 minutes. He’s going for his third Munich title, also having won in 2007.

“It’s great for German tennis,” Haas said. “We played really well last year in all the German events and now again we’re going to have an all-German final, which I think is great for the fans.”

Winner in Portugal

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Spain’s Carla Suarez 7-5, 6-2 to win the Portugal Open on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Russian saved six of seven break points and overcame five double-faults to win her fifth career title and second of the year.

In the men’s event, top-seeded David Ferrer beat Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-4. He’ll play second-seeded Stan Wawrinka in Sunday’s final after the Swiss player defeated Pablo Carreno-Busta 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Wild about French

Shelby Rogers of Charleston, S.C., gets a chance to make her debut in the French Open’s main draw after earning a wild card from the U.S. Tennis Association based on clay-court results on the USTA Pro Circuit.

The 20-year-old Rogers won the title at Charlottesville, Va., was a quarterfinalist at Dothan, Ala., and made the round of 16 at Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.

She is currently ranked 190th. Her only Grand Slam tournament so far was a first-round loss at the 2010 U.S. Open.

The U.S. Open and French Open trade wild-card invitations every year. The USTA’s French Open male wild-card recipient is Alex Kuznetsov.

The French Open starts May 26.

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