PARIS - Sloane Stephens enjoyed her first Grand Slam win as the reigning U.S. Open champion by demoslishing Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus 6-2 6-0 in the first round of the French Open on Sunday.
The American 10th seed's first major as a Grand Slam winner lasted only three sets after she was beaten in the first-round of the Australian Open.
That result in January was one of eight successive defeats she suffered following her Flushing Meadows triumph last September.
But if Rus harboured any hopes of pulling off another upset, those hopes were dashed in 49 brutal minutes by Stephens.
The Dutwoman managed to produce only two winners during the contest as Stephens ran her ragged from the baseline with a non-stop flow of flying groundstrokes.
She wrapped up the win to secure a second round match with either Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova or Magdalena Frech from Poland.