Britain’s Heather Watson misplaced 6-7 7-5 6-1 in opposition to Sloane Stephens of the USA within the first spherical of the Indian Wells Masters.
Watson, 29, took an early lead with a first-set tie-break and held her personal within the second earlier than Stephen took command.
The world quantity 73 then coasted within the deciding set to progress.
Elsewhere, Japan’s Misaki Doi beat Ann Li in three units whereas Yulia Putinseva got here by in two in opposition to German Andrea Petkovic.
Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu gained in straight units in opposition to France’s Fiona Ferro and Poland’s Magda Linette beat Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson in three.
Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova noticed off Ludmilla Samsonova of Russia in two with a second set tie-break.