Sloane Stephens vs. Stefanie Voegele
|Date & Time||Friday March 8, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)|
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, California
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Sloane Stephens and Stefanie Voegele meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Indian Wells.
Sloane Stephens has just two matches under her belt since making the fourth round of the Australian Open, so the American is well rested for this tournament. Splitting her last 10 matches overall, Stephens probably could have used the break to clear her head and bit and get back in the swing of things. Stephens is just 10-8 in Indian Wells for her career, but she’s developed quite a reputation for playing some of her best tennis on American soil, which includes titles at the US Open, Miami Open and Charleston Open. With the crowd behind her and the pace of thee hard courts, this is a tournament that favors Stephens’ game quite nicely, making her a legit title contender. Stephens has won five of her last eight matches on outdoor hard court.
Stefanie Voegele is coming off a straight sets win over Sachia Vickery that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Voegele won 56 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points. Voegele won 52 percent of her total service points and converted on seven of her 13 break points. Voegele entered this tournament in shaky form, so a straight sets win over a talented American has to provide a shot in the arm for the confidence. Of course, Voegele must serve better if she’s going to survive this match. Voegele now hopes to win back-to-back matches on the main tour for the first time since Lugano last April. Voegele has won four of her last five matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played four times and Voegele has won three of those matches, including each of the last three meetings. The most recent match was in Acapulco of last year, a match Voegele won in three sets. All four matches were on hard court and three of the four matches went the distance.
This is an interesting match given the history that favors Voegele. However, it’s important to note that three of the four matches took place in 2013, and the match last year was when Stephens was just getting back in the swing of things and was losing to everybody at the time. A rested and better version of Stephens on American soil gives her a considerable edge this time around. Not to mention it’s been quite some time since Voegele has won back-to-back matches on the main tour.
I like Stephens in straight sets.