Stephens eases into U.S. Open second round

Sep 1, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Sloane Stephens of the United States exits the court with a Black Lives Matter mask following her match against Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania on day two of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sloane Stephens delivered an efficient 6-3 6-3 win over Mihaela Buzarnescu on Tuesday to advance to the second round of the U.S. Open.

The 2017 champion, seeded 26th this year, smacked a backhand winner on match point to see off the Romanian after an hour and 16 minutes.

Buzarnescu contributed to her own downfall with seven double faults on a humid night on Court 17.

Next up for Stephens is Olga Govortsova, who the American has defeated in both of their career meetings, with Serena Williams looming as a possible opponent in the third round.

Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford