Stephens vs. Kontaveit
|Date & Time||Sunday June 3, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Anett Kontaveit and Sloane Stephens meet in the fourth round of the 2018 tennis French Open.
Anett Kontaveit is coming off a straight sets win over Petra Kvitová that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Kontaveit won 63 percent of her first serve points and 40 percent of her second serve points. Kontaveit won two tiebreaks despite racking up 36 unforced errors and being broken five times. However, it was the classic Kontaveit performance, forcing 57 unforced errors of her opponent and dominating the second serve. Kontaveit is playing some of the better tennis we’ve seen from her in quite some time, and she has a chance for this to be her breakthrough tournament at 22 years old. Kontaveit is in her second career grand slam fourth round and hopes to make her first ever grand slam quarterfinal appearance. Kontaveit has won nine of her last 11 matches on clay court.
Sloane Stephens is coming off a three sets win over Camila Giorgi that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Stephens won 60 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points. Stephens didn’t play her best match, as she struggled with her serve and racked up 26 unforced errors, but she came through in the big moments and won 51 percent of her return points. Stephens continues to shine on the return and doesn’t panic even if she gets down early. Stephens is a highly confident player at the moment and is tough to rattle given her recent grand slam success. Stephens hopes to make her fourth career grand slam quarterfinal and first ever at the French Open. Stephens has won five of her last seven matches on clay court.
There’s no previous matches between these two.
Kontaveit is a very tricky player to play against, and it doesn’t help that Stephens has never faced her in the past. Wherever can hit the fewest unforced errors probably wins this match. It’s a coin flip, but I give the edge to Stephens. She’s just tough to bet against given that her confidence doesn’t get shaken, and even if she drops the first set, she buckles down and raises her game. She’s in a very good space at the moment.
Stephens reaches the quarters of the French for the first time.