Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs Sloane Stephens
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 31, 2018, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Bethanie Mattek-Sands +350/ Sloane Stephens -550 - Over/Under:
Over the past few seasons, American Sloane Stephens has established herself as one of the top performers in the WTA tour and is currently ranked number 3 in the world. The American will look to have an impressive US tennis season as she prepares for the US Open by taking part in the WTA Washington Open. In Washington, Stephens will take on fellow American, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, in the opening round. Both players will want to do well in a home country tournament so we should get a great tennis match.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands is a very experienced doubles player having won multiple grand slams in the discipline. This will be a great chance for the experienced American to make a name in the singles tennis world as she has the opportunity to beat one of the best players in the world. That being said, this is going to be a very tough match for Bethanie Mattek-Sands as she will be lacking the speed and stamina that the much younger Sloane Stephens possesses. It will be important that Bethanie Mattek-Sands can control the game if she has a chance of winning since she won’t be able to outrun her opponent.
On the other side of the court, Sloane Stephens will be determined to do very well in this tournament. The American followed her French Open second place with a very disappointing Wimbledon campaign as she was eliminated in the opening round. That will ensure that she will be focused and determined to ensure she does well in her home grand slam, the US Open. Making a deep run in the WTA Washington Open will be a great way for the world number 3 to get prepared for the US Open and I am sure she will look to take this opportunity.
All in all, I am going to predict that Sloane Stephens wins this match. She is the better player and is in good form. We can expect the world number 3 to be dominant in this match as I expect her to win in straight sets.