SAN DIEGO, August 2011 (AFP) â€“ U.S. teenager Sloane Stephens shocked seventh-seeded German Julia Goerges 6-3, 7-5 on Wednesday at the WTA San Diego Open to earn her first career victory over a Top 20 player.
Stephens, ranked 131, ambushed the 20th-ranked Goerges, who won the Stuttgart title on clay and beat number one Caroline Wozniacki twice in the first half of the season.
Stephens was 0-3 against the Top 20 before beating Goerges.
Russian Vera Dushevina ousted another seed at La Costa, defeating number 16 Slovenian Polona Hercog 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round.
Austrian Tamira Paszek did the same but without firing a shot as number 11 Russian Maria Kirilenko withdrew before their second-round match due to a left hip injury.
Pasek and Stephens now face off in a battle of young guns for a quarter-final spot.
Franceâ€™s Virginie Razzano, a quarter-finalist last week in Maryland, continued her good hardcourt form by taking out New Zealandâ€™s Marina Erakovic 6-1, 6-3.
Stephens, 18, won back-to-back matches for the first time in her career at the WTA level after beating Chinaâ€™s Zhang Shuai in the first round.
The American said she was frankly surprised to have advanced over Goerges.
â€œI had nothing to lose but I wasnâ€™t expecting a win,â€ Stephens said.
â€œShe played well with a few mistakes,â€ Stephens added of Goerges, who has now lost all three of her post-Wimbledon matches. â€œSheâ€™s still an awesome player, sheâ€™s not just any girl.
â€œShe didnâ€™t have her greatest day and maybe I did. Iâ€™m happy to take this victory.â€
Goerges said that her seasonâ€™s goal is to improve her consistency.
â€œIâ€™ve been down and up and now maybe a bit down. There are a lot of good young players out there,â€ said the 23-year-old. â€œI need to stay consistently at my level.
â€œIâ€™m going back to the practice courts.â€
Goerges was one of a trio of fast-rising Germans making their San Diego debuts.
Second seed Andrea Petkovic is already into the third round after a bye and victory while number 12 Sabine Lisicki will play a second-round match against 40-year-old Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm, winner of the title a decade and a half ago. â–