Johanna Konta vs. Sloane Stephens
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 4, 2019, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
Roland Garros Stadium
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Johanna Konta and Sloane Stephens meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis French Open.
Johanna Konta is coming off a straight sets win over Donna Vekic that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 70 percent of her first serve points and 40 percent of her second serve points. Konta won 61 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her eight break points. Konta got 70 percent of her first serves in play and saved seven of her nine break points. Konta has won eight of her nine sets this tournament and has put together a highly successful clay season up to this point. As long as Konta continues to get her first serve in play at this level, she’s going to give herself an honest shot to keep moving forward. Konta hopes to make a semifinal of a grand slam for the third time in her career, and the first in the French Open. Konta is 2-1 in career grand slam quarterfinal matches. Konta has won in of her last 10 matches on clay court.
Sloane Stephens is coming off a straight sets win over Garbine Muguruza that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Stephens won 60 percent of her first serve points and 52 percent of her second serve points. Stephens won 57 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her eight break points. Stephens got 66 percent of her first serves in play and saved six of her eight break points. Stephens has won eight of her nine sets this tournament and continues to attack the return with high confidence. The serve hasn’t always been there for Stephens, but her return puts pressure on her opponent and keeps her in sets. Stephens hopes to make her fourth career grand slam semifinal appearance and back-to-back in the French Open. Stephens is 3-2 in career grand slam quarterfinal matches. Stephens has won eight of her last 10 matches on clay court.
These two have played twice and Konta has won both meetings, including the most recent match this year in Rome. The other match was last year in Brisbane.
Konta has probably been the sharper player this tournament with a much more consistent serve and she just beat Stephens a couple of weeks ago. However, that match in Italy was quite competitive and could have gone either way if the American could capitalize on more of her 11 break points. On the grand slam stage, you have to give Stephens the edge, especially in this tournament where it looks like she’s eager for a chance to redeem herself after the way last year played out.
This will be a competitive match with a lot of fancy drop shots and painting of the line, but Stephens should have the slight edge.