Sloane Stephens pulled off an incredible display of top-class tennis to
send Carla Suarez Navarro tumbling out of the tournament.
American ace Stephens, who was once touted as the brightest prospect on the WTA Tour, ran out a worthy 6-1 7-5 winner.
Although Stephens’ career has stalled and she is outside the world’s top 50, she gave her clay court expert opponent a tennis lesson on the green surface.
Stephens has now won back-to-back matches at Eastbourne, her first competitive outings since her 4th Round French Open exit to world #1 and compatriot Serena Williams.
The former Wimbledon quarter-finalist sped into a 4-0 lead and never looked likely to lose the contest.
The second set was tricky in comparison but became a routine victory.
Qualifier Irina Falconi, Stephens’ compatriot, was outclassed by Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0 6-2 on Court No.1.