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Result: Lucie Safarova edges past Sloane Stephens for last-16 spot

Lucie Safarova comes from behind to beat Sloane Stephens 6-3 3-6 1-6 to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon.

Lucie Safarova has advanced into the fourth round at Wimbledon following a hard-fought win over American Sloane Stephens.

Stephens, ranked 31 places below her Czech counterpart, threatened an upset when she won the first set, with a break of serve in the sixth game giving her a cushion en route to a 6-2 win.

Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova returns to US player Sloane Stephens during their women's singles third round match on day five of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 3, 2015© Getty Images

However, Safarova, who reached the French Open final last month, broke back in the fourth game of the second set to move 3-1 ahead, before ultimately drawing level by a 6-3 margin.

The world number six pulled no punches in the deciding set, inflicting one break of serve in the opening game, along with two more in the fifth and seventh to win the third set 6-1 and cruise into the last 16.

She faces another American in Coco Vandeweghe next.

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