Rebecca Peterson vs. Sloane Stephens
|Date & Time||Monday July 29, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Stadium
Washington DC, USA
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American tennis superstar, Sloane Stephens is set to play at the 2019 WTA Citi Open in Washington D.C. Sloane Stephens will begin her tournament against Rebecca Peterson from Sweden.
Rebecca Peterson last played at Wimbledon where she was eliminated in the first round. It has been a tough season for Peterson as she currently has a record of 18-17. The grass-court season was particularly tough for Rebecca Peterson as she only won 40% of her matches. Returning to hard-court tennis should aid Rebecca Peterson as she has a decent record on this surface. Peterson has a career win-rate of 67% on hard-courts. That being said, this is expected to be a tough match for Rebecca Peterson as she is playing against the number 1 seed.
Looking at Sloane Stephens, the American had a modest Wimbledon campaign where she was eliminated in the third round by Johanna Konta. Sloane had a strong clay-court season as she made the quarterfinals of the French Open and the semifinals of the Madrid Masters. Sloane is always seen as a strong hard-court player and she has proven it by winning the US Open. This tournament should suit Sloane Stephens as she is playing on home soil and will get huge support from the crowd. The conditions at the Citi Open should be familiar for Sloane Stephens as she won the title in 2015.
This will be the first time that Rebecca Peterson and Sloane Stephens will be playing each other at a WTA event.
Rebecca Peterson has not been at her best in 2019 as she has only won around 50% of her matches. Peterson is hugely talented but she looks low on confidence. In comparison, Sloane Stephens has been in good form and she should be boosted by the support she will receive from her home fans. Sloane Stephens is the stronger player and I see her being too good for Rebecca Peterson in this match.