Donna Vekic vs Sloane Stephens
|Date & Time||Monday September 17, 2018, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
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Sloane Stephens will be playing at the 2018 WTA Pan Pacific Open where she will be facing Donna Vekic.
Donna Vekic enters this match in decent form having finished second at the WTA Washington Open a few weeks ago. Vekic enters this match having lost in the first round of the US Open where she lost in 3 sets. While that defeat was disappointing, Donna Vekic performed well having caused great trouble to a much higher ranked player. This will be a great opportunity for Donna Vekic to beat a top player and she will be feeling good about her chances considering she eliminated Sloane Stephens in the opening round of Wimbledon. Donna Vekic has a good record in Asia having won a title in this continent so she will be enjoying the conditions present at this tournament.
On the other side of the court, Sloane Stephens will look to get redemption for her defeat to Donna Vekic at Wimbledon. Stephens had a disappointing US Open where she failed to defend her title and she will hope to turn her form around in this match. Stephens has a very poor record at this tournament at this tournament as she was eliminated in the first round last season and throughout her career, her best result has been a second round appearance.
This will be the second time that Donna Vekic and Sloane Stephens will play each other with both players winning once. Sloane Stephens victory was in May 2016 at the Internationaux de Strasbourg where the match was played on clay. As mentioned, Vekic’s win over Stephens occurred at this seasons Wimbledon.
I am going to make a bold prediction and pick Donna Vekic to cause an upset and eliminate Sloane Stephens. Vekic has the confidence from her win over Stephens at Wimbledon. Furthermore, Sloane Stephens has a very bad record at the Pan Pacific Open. Adding these two factors, I see Donna Vekic getting the win.