Donna Vekic vs. Sloane Stephens
|Date & Time||Monday July 2, 2018, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
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Sloane Stephens and Donna Vekic meet in the first round of the 2018 tennis Wimbledon.
Sloane Stephens is coming off a finals appearance at the French Open and has quickly become one of the bigger match players in the world. Since returning from injury, Stephens has made three final appearances, which includes winning the US Open. There’s a new level of confidence and consistency with this young American, and while she’s had her struggles on grass, you can’t put anything past her given the last year and a half. Stephens has emerged as one of the top young players in the game at 25 years old. Stephens has lost in the first round of a grand slam three times since 2016. Stephens has lost i the first round of the Wimbledon twice in her last four appearances. Stephens has split her last eight matches on grass court.
Donna Vekic has turned her season around on clay and grass the last couple of months, which includes a semifinal appearance in Nottingham. Vekic has had a great deal of success with her return and she’s damn near unbeatable when she’s giving herself double-digit break chances. Vekic is almost a top-40 player for the first time in her career, and if she can win this match on this level, it would be one of the biggest wins of her career at 21 years old. Vekic has two career wins over top-10 players, one coming in 2014 and the other coming in 2017. Vekic has made the second round of a grand slam five times in her last six appearances. Vekic has split her last six matches on grass court.
These two have played once, which was in the 2016 Internationaux de Strasbourg, a match Stephens won in three sets. The match took 26 games to be decided.
Vekic is going to make this a match given her return skills and how consistent she’s been as of late. Vekic is a young player to keep an eye on going forward. However, Stephens has become one of the best big tournament players on the women’s side and is tough to bet against. Her mental toughness and ability to grind matches out even when she’s not playing well has been impressive.
Stephens wins in two competitive sets.