Angelique Kerber vs. Sloane Stephens - 1/12/20 Adelaide International Tennis Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Angelique Kerber vs. Sloane Stephens

Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 6:30 PM (Memorial Drive Tennis Centre)

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In the opening round of the 2020 Adelaide International in Australia, Sloane Stephens is set to play against Angelique Kerber from Germany. 

2019 was a tough season for Sloane Stephens as she failed at most major tournaments and made no finals in the entire season. It seems like the poor form has continued into 2020 as Sloane Stephens was eliminated in the opening round of the Brisbane International. The loss at Brisbane was disappointing as Sloane was beaten by a significantly lower-ranked player. During the loss, Stephens had her serve broken on 3 occasions with the service losses taking place at vital parts of the match. It seems like Sloane Stephens is lacking the confidence required to compete at big tournaments and it seems unlikely that she will be able to turn things around against Angelique Kerber. 

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Looking at her opponent, Angelique Kerber also had a relatively tough 2019 season. Kerber struggled with injury throughout 2019 and was eliminated during the opening round at the Brisbane International. Kerber lost to Samantha Stosur in the opening round but both sets were lost via tiebreakers. Despite her injury issues in 2019, Angelique Kerber still made the final of the Indian Wells Masters and the Eastbourne International. This is not an easy match for Angelique Kerber but she should be backing her ability to win. 

Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber have played each other 6 times in the past. Stephens has won on 5 occasions while Kerber has won once. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the WTA Finals where Sloane Stephens won in straight sets. 

Looking at this match, neither player has been in good form. That being said, I see Angelique Kerber winning this match. Sloane Stephens looks awfully out of touch and I don’t see her coming close to winning a match. Kerber has been in better form and she should have enough to win this contest. 

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Aviijoy’s Pick Angelique Kerber

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