Kiki Bertens vs. Sloane Stephens
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 24, 2018, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
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Sloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens meet in the round robin stages of the 2018 tennis WTA Finals.
Sloane Stephens is coming off a three sets win over Naomi Osaka that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Stephens won 66 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Stephens won 60 percent of her total service points and produced seven breaks on 19 break points. Stephens still piled up 31 unforced errors and six double faults, but her return was on point and it was one of her bigger victories in quite some time. Stephens entered this tournament losing five of her last seven matches and having issues in all areas of her game. However, a win over the hottest player in the game and getting her return back in order, it’s a victory that can turn things around and give her a real chance to win this event. Stephens has lost two her last three matches on indoor hard court.
Kiki Bertens is coming off a three sets win over Angelique Kerber that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Bertens won 65 percent of her first serve points and 39 percent of her second serve points. Bertens won 53 percent of her total service points and produced six breaks on 14 break points. Bertens did have 12 unforced errors and 45 unforced errors to 33 winners, so beating one of the top players with that many mistakes is an accomplishment in itself. Bertens is another player who entered this tournament in shaky form, splitting her last eight matches, so while she didn’t play her best, a victory no matter how it comes can do wonders for her confidence. Bertens now hopes to win back-to-back matches for the sixth time since the French Open. Bertens has split her last four matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Rome of 2013, a match Stephens won in three sets. The match took 27 games to be decided.
This match comes down to which player plays a cleaner match, as they both had struggles entering this tournament and despite a first match victory, they both piled up the unforced errors. While this can go either way and the unknown is strong, I give Stephens the edge. Stephens is not only the better player when they’re both at their best, but she does a better job of digging deep and finding a way to prevail. Stephens also had her return working in her last match, which is a huge part of her game.
Give me the American to secure advancement to the next round.