Sloane finds her magic
It can never be easy to take on a teenage talent, who is 10 years your junior and is free of expectations; especially one on home courts.
Drawing on her reservoir of experience of over a decade on the major stages, Stephens applied the pressure from the very start.
A blazing all-court rally in the opening game looked to be over from a deft, disguised Parry drop shot, but the 2017 US Open champion charged in and connected with an acute re-drop past the Parisian’s reach.
Stephens was up 4-1 in just 22 minutes and never really looked in danger throughout the contest.
The American arrived to Paris this season 0-4 on clay and carrying a five-match losing streak.
After clinching a WTA 250 title in Guadalajara in February, Stephens lost six of her next seven match but its seems she has recaptured her form on the Paris clay this week.
That's good news as she will need it against the in-form Swiss lefty Jil Teichmann when they square off for a place in the quarter-finals.