Former No. 1-ranked Angelique Kerber needed to save two match points before fending off Lucie Safarova 6-7 (3), 7-6 (8), 6-2 to set up a second-round match against Venus Williams. U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens lost her opening match of the year.
Source: USA Today – Tennis
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