Sloane Stephens vs. Polona Hercog
|Date & Time||Friday May 31, 2019, 8:30 AM (EDT)|
Roland Garros Stadium
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Sloane Stephens and Polona Hercog meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis French Open.
Sloane Stephens is coming off a straight sets win over Sara Sorribes Tormo that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Stephens won 61 percent of her first serve points and 29 percent of her second serve points. Stephens won 52 percent of her total service points and converted on seven of her seven break points. Stephens got 73 percent of her first serves in play and buckled down in a second set tiebreak to prevent the match from dragging on to a third set. Stephens obviously has to be better with her second serve if she’s going to make another run to the final, but her shoemaking has come back and her defense raises to another level when it needs to. Stephens hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fifth time in her last seven appearances. Stephens has won six of her last eight matches on clay court.
Polona Hercog is coming off a three sets win over Jennifer Brady that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Hercog won 75 percent of her first serve points and 56 percent of her second serve points. Hercog won 67 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 13 break points. Hercog got 61 percent of her first serves in play and saved four of her six break points. Hercog showed great mental toughness after dropping a tight second set tiebreak, and she’s now in the third round of a grand slam for the first time since the 2017 Wimbledon. Hercog has a chance to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in her career. Hercog has won four of her last five matches on clay court.
These two have played three times and Stephens won all three matches in straight sets, including the most recent match this year in Madrid. The other matches were in 2016 Auckland and 2014 French Open.
Hercog hasn’t been serving well enough to compete with Stephens, who she’s lost all six sets against, and she certainly doesn’t have the needed grand slam experience to win a match like this. When these two played earlier this month, Stephens produced four breaks and was in complete control of the match despite some hiccups serving wise.
Stephens is getting better with each set, so don’t expect this result to be much different.