Sloane Stephens vs. Angelique Kerber
|Date & Time||Friday October 26, 2018, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
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Angelique Kerber and Sloane Stephens meet in the round robin stages of the 2018 tennis WTA Finals.
Angelique Kerber is coming off a three sets win over Naomi Osaka that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 59 percent of her first serve points and 51 percent of her second serve points. Kerber won 56 percent of her total service points and produced six breaks on nine break points. While Kerber picked up a nice confidence boosting victory, she has produced 54 unforced errors in her last two matches, something she must clean up if she’s going to make a run at the title here. Five of Kerber’s last nine matches have been decided in three sets, so she has been a nice over player as of late. Kerber has won five of her last six matches on indoor hard court.
Sloane Stephens is coming off a three sets win over Kiki Bertens that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Stephens won 49 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points. Stephens won 48 percent of her total service points and produced seven breaks on 13 break points. Stephens did everything she could to lose her second match of the tournament with really poor serving, but she managed to dig deep and did just enough with her return to take the lead in the red group. While you take wins however they come on this stage, Stephens has to be more consistent with her serve if she has a real shot of winning this tournament. Stephens has split her last four matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played five times and Stephens has won four of those matches. The most recent meeting was in this years Miami Open, a match Stephens won in straight sets. Kerber’s only win over Stephens came in Indian Wells in 2012, the first ever meeting. Four of the five matches have been decided in straight sets.
Kerber can win this match if Stephens continues to serve the way she has recently. However, Kerber has been an unforced error machine in her last two matches, and she’s had little to no success against the American. Back in Miami a few months ago, Stephens mopped the floor with Kerber, which included winning 11 of the last 13 games.
Given the history, it’s hard to bet against Stephens in this match.