Sloane Stephens vs. Saisai Zheng
|Date & Time||Monday October 1, 2018, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
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Saisai Zheng and Sloane Stephens meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis China Open.
Saisai Zheng is coming off a straight sets win over Dayana Yastremska that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Zheng won 60 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points. Zheng won 56 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her 10 break points. Zheng continues to return at a high level, as she’s now produced 16 breaks in her last three matches and has given herself double-digit break points in three of her last five matches. The trick for Zheng now is consistency, as she hasn’t won two matches in a single tournament since Washington. In a home tournament, Zheng should be eager to put together a deeper tournament run to kind of end this current drought she’s been in as of late. Zheng has split her last six matches on hard court.
Sloane Stephens is coming off a three sets win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova that took 33 games to decide. In the victory, Stephens won 57 percent of her first serve points and 58 percent of her second serve points. Stephens won 57 percent of her total service points and managed to comeback after dropping a frustrating first set tiebreak. Stephens hasn’t quite been herself lately, as she entered this tournament on a three match losing streak and nearly lost her last match as a -145 favorite. Stephens has to find her serve again if she’s going to get back on track, as she’s giving away way too many break points and has struggled with the unforced errors. Stephens looks to win two matches in a single tournament for the third time in her last eight tries. Stephens has won five of her last seven matches on hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Stephens clearly isn’t herself at the moment and with this being a home tournament for Zheng, there’s maybe a chance for an upset. However, it’s not like Zheng has been playing out of this world either, and she hasn’t beaten a top-10 player since the 2016 olympics. If there was ever a chance to put some wins together for Stephens, it’s probably here against a player who has a very shaky serve and not much power.
Stephens should control the points of this match and cruise to the next round.