Debutant Stearns advances in French Open

Peyton Stearns is playing in the French Open for the first time and now the 21-year-old American is into the third round after knocking off 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko.

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May 31, 2023 - 2:34 PM

Russia's Mirra Andreeva plays a forehand return US Alison Riske during their women's singles match on day three of the Roland-Garros Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 30, 2023. (Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

PARIS (AP) — Like many a kid, Peyton Stearns enjoyed participating in sports and tried her hand at plenty.

“Soccer, gymnastics, basketball, tennis, whatever,” the 21-year-old American said Wednesday at the French Open after eliminating 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to reach the third round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.

Then Stearns paused, before adding with a chuckle: “Well, not so much tennis.”

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