Sloane Stephens is set to play at the 2019 WTA Mexican Open. The American tennis superstar will begin her campaign against Pauline Parmentier from France.
Pauline Parmentier last played at the WTA Hungarian Open where she made it into the quarterfinals before being beaten by Ekaterina Alexandrova. During the loss, Pauline Parmentier served very poorly as she only won 48% of her service points which allowed her opponent to win 5 break points. It has been a relatively poor start to the 2019 season for Pauline Parmentier as she has played in 5 tournaments but has only made 1 quarterfinal appearance. This is a very tough start to a tournament for Pauline Parmentier as she is playing the top seed.
On the other side of the court, Sloane Stephens enters this match after a substantial break as the American has not played since the Australian Open in late January. Stephens had a poor Australian Open campaign as she only made the 4th round which indicates that she has not started the season well. That being said, a return to the Mexican Open should be a boost for Sloane Stephens as she has an exceptional record at this tournament. Sloane Stephens won the WTA Mexican Open in 2016 which should ensure she enters this match with some confidence.
Pauline Parmentier and Sloane Stephens have played 4 times in the past. As it currently stands, Pauline Parmentier has won 1 head-to-head match while Sloane Stephens has won 3 head-to-head matches. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the Fed Cup where Stephens won in straight sets.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Sloane Stephens to win. Stephens is a much more accomplished player and she should be comfortable in Mexico having won the Mexican Open 3 years ago. With that in mind, I see Sloane Stephens easing into the second round.