News - US tennis star Sloane Stephens races through to third round of the French Open with dominant straight-sets win over Varvara Gracheva… before opening up on racist abuse she faces online

US tennis star Sloane Stephens races through to third round of the French Open with dominant straight-sets win over Varvara Gracheva… before opening up on racist abuse she faces online

Sloane Stephens continued her fine form at the French Open this afternoon as she breezed into the third round with a two-set win over Russian Varvara Gracheva.

The American world No. 30 won 6-2, 6-1 in an hour and 13 minutes in the searing heat on Court No. 14 to record a 34th win at Roland Garros, more than all but Serena and Venus Williams in the 21st century.

Stephens, from Florida, this week said that racism towards tennis players is getting worse by admitting: ‘It’s been a problem my entire career. It has never stopped. If anything, it’s only gotten worse.’

Asked on an app being used for the first time this week which helps to filter out negative comments made on social media, Stephens said: ‘I did hear about the software. I have not used it.

‘I have a lot of key words banned on Instagram and all of these things, but that doesn’t stop someone from just typing in an asterisk or typing it in a different way, which obviously software most of the time doesn’t catch.’