Stephens, King help US put 5 in Open's 3rd round

September 1, 2011 - 7:45 PM
US Open Tennis

Sloane Stephens serves to Shahar Peer of Israel during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

NEW YORK (AP) — Sloane Stephens and Vania King — both ranked outside the top 100 — upset seeded players at the U.S. Open on Thursday, giving the United States five women in the third round, its most since 2004.

The 106th-ranked Stephens, an 18-year-old from Los Angeles, beat 23rd-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Stephens is the youngest woman left in the draw and never won a Grand Slam match until this week. She's the daughter of 1988 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year John M. Stephens.

The 103rd-ranked King, a 22-year-old who splits time between Florida and California, eliminated No. 29 Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia 6-2, 6-0.

Stephens and King join Serena Williams, Christina McHale and Irina Falconi in the third round. Eight Americans made it that far in 2004.