Madison Keys vs. Sloane Stephens
|Date & Time||Friday April 5, 2019, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
Family Circle Tennis Center
Charleston, South Carolina
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Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens meet in the quarterfinal of the 2019 tennis Charleston Open.
Madison Keys is coming off a straight sets win over Jelena Ostapenko that took 13 games to decide. In the victory, Keys won 73 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points. Keys won 64 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 10 break points. Keys has been shaky with her serve at times this tournament, but she’s produced a combined eight breaks on 23 break points in her last two matches. While capable of playing better, Keys entered this tournament losing four of her last five matches, so she’ll take wins however they come. Keys hopes to win three straight matches for the first time since the Australian Open. Keys has won nine of her last 11 matches on clay court.
Sloane Stephens is coming off a three sets win over Ajla Tomljanovic that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Stephens won 64 percent of her first serve points and 43 percent of her second serve points. Stephens won 59 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her 15 break points. Stephens had every chance to lose that match, as she lost the opening set and was down a break in the third set, but she dug deep and found a way to victory, something she’s struggled with lately. Stephens certainly isn’t playing to the level she’s capable of, but she entered this tournament losing four of her last six matches, so she’ll take what she can get at this point. Stephens has won five of her last six matches on clay court.
These two have played three times and Stephens has won all three meetings in straight sets. The most recent match was in the 2018 French Open.
Stephens obviously owns the head to head in this match and has a clear mental advantage in that aspect. The problem is Stephens comes into this match in shaky at best form and isn’t playing with the level of determination we see from her usually. Stephens is questioning herself a lot. Keys has been feisty with her return and is real tough to deal with as long as she controls her unforced errors.
This is where Keys can finally get a win over Stephens.