German tennis player, Tatjana Maria has made it into the third round of the 2019 WTA Miami Open. At this stage of the tournament, Tatjana Maria is set to play against the defending champion, Sloane Stephens from the United States.
Tatjana Maria won her previous match in straight sets as she beat Camila Giorgi from Italy. During the win, Maria served exceptionally well as she won 68% of her service points which allowed her to win 90% of her service games. Tatjana Maria capped off her win by breaking her opponent’s serve on 3 occasions. This will be a significantly tougher match for Tatjana Maria since Sloane Stephens is a much stronger player.
Looking at Sloane Stephens, the American looked very dominant in her previous match. Stephens won in straight sets against Ons Jabeur. In the match, Stephens won 78% of her service games and broke her opponents serve on 5 occasions. It has been a tough 2019 season for Sloane Stephens but returning to Miami seems to have given her a big boost. Stephens has received tremendous support as she is playing in her home tournament and I am expecting the support to continue in this match.
Sloane Stephens and Tatjana Maria have played each other once in the past. The match was played in 2018 at the WTA Western and Southern Open where Sloane Stephens won in straight sets. It was a comfortable win for Sloane Stephens as she only lost 5 games in the entire match.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Sloane Stephens to win this match. Stephens is the stronger player and she has an incredible record at the Miami Open. With the home crowd on her side, I am see Sloane Stephens winning this match and making it into the fourth round.